AISI Commend Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) for Calling for More Pressure to be Placed on China to End its Currency Manipulation

AISI Commend Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) for Calling for More Pressure to be Placed on China to End its Currency Manipulation

Washington, D.C., 6/23/2010 - American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson offered the following comment on Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Tim Murphy’s (R-Pa.) urgent call for the House of Representatives to pass their bipartisan legislation, The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2009 (H.R. 2378), which will give U.S. manufacturers an important trade remedy tool to address the injury caused by foreign government currency manipulation.

“China’s recent announcement that it will allow its currency to be more flexible was immediately followed by its subsequent statement that there would be no significant appreciation in the renminbi against the U.S. dollar and that the exchange rate would remain basically stable.  This is proof that we cannot rely on vague promises of future reforms by China.  Congress needs to say, enough is enough, and enact legislation that will protect U.S. manufacturers and American businesses from China’s currency export subsidy.  Failing to address China’s currency manipulation will only continue to impede our economic recovery and impair the ability of American businesses to increase their production, keep their doors open and create jobs.”

“Congress should enact as soon as possible an effective trade remedy tool to deal with this problem of fundamental currency misalignment.  Legislation has been introduced in both and the Senate that would address the issue of currency manipulation (H.R. 2378 and S. 3134) and both proposals should be brought forward for consideration in their respective bodies without further delay.  American manufacturers and their workers are being injured by this unfair practice.  We cannot continue to give China a pass on this critical issue.”

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