U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, testified on Tuesday before the International Trade
Commission in support of the American steel industry.
Excerpts from his
appreciate this opportunity to testify as part of today’s hearing regarding
cast iron soil pipe from China. As you know, cast iron soil pipe is used in
our commercial infrastructure, including in stadiums and high-rises, for
plumbing, drainage, and ventilation. This strong piping can last for
decades, thus creating durable and sustainable development in commercial
sectors throughout our economy.
“Today, I am here
to testify because of the pervasive dumping and subsidizing by our foreign
competitors that leaves our domestic industry struggling to compete. As you
are aware, the Commerce Department has determined the preliminary
antidumping duty margin to be 302 percent and the subsidy rate to reach up
to 111 percent. The extent of this dumping and subsidizing is grossly
“Some have argued
that all the challenges of the American steel industry have been solved by
the recent Section 232 or Section 301 tariffs, but I would point out that
despite cast iron soil pipe from China being subject to 10 percent tariffs
under Section 301, this case indicates that the U.S. industry is still being
harmed by illegal trade activity.
“I remain seriously
concerned that China continues to be a repeat offender of U.S. trade laws.
We cannot let one more sector of our domestic industry be harmed by such
unfair competition. We must remain vigilant and send an irrefutable message
to repeat offenders that illegal trade will not be tolerated. . . .
“One of our
government’s essential functions is to protect American workers and our
domestic industry from the illegal economic activity of foreign nations, and
I will continue to work hard to ensure the ITC is funded without
interruption for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019 and for future fiscal
years so that it can perform its investigative work, and judiciously and
expeditiously resolve cases, like this one, without delay.
I thank the
Commission for conducting this critical investigation into cast iron soil
pipe from China, and I urge an affirmative decision for enacting trade
remedies in order to ensure our domestic producers can compete on a level