AISI Board of Directors Approves 2011 Public Policy Agenda

Policy priorities are part of an overall pro-manufacturing strategy

Washington, D.C., 2/11/2011- The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has approved AISI’s 2011 Public Policy Agenda.  Priorities of the agenda are all part of an aggressive pro-manufacturing strategy that AISI and its member companies are advancing, according to AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson.

“The North American steel industry strongly supports implementation of a pro-manufacturing policy agenda that ensures U.S. manufacturers are able to compete in today’s global economy,” Gibson said, “and as such, it remains the organizing principle for our entire set of public policy priorities.  Whether it is implementing an effective trade remedy to address China’s currency manipulation, overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act or reauthorizing a long-term surface transportation bill—all of these are critical areas in helping to revive America’s manufacturing base.  Our Agenda supports a range of policy measures designed to help create a competitive business climate in which manufacturing can thrive.”

The following are key issues in AISI’s 2011 Public Policy Agenda: 

  • Pro-Manufacturing Agenda:  Strengthen the U.S. industrial base by reforming tax policies to promote investment in manufacturing, avoiding excessive government regulation that reduces industrial competitiveness, and supporting research and development of breakthrough technologies for the future.
  • Trade: Expand rules-based trade, keep strong our laws against unfair trade and injurious surges, strictly enforce trade agreements, and combat Chinese currency manipulation and other protectionist foreign government policies.
  • Energy: Adopt an energy policy that promotes development of cost-competitive domestic energy sources and provides incentives for industrial energy efficiency projects and research into breakthrough technologies, while avoiding unilateral regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
  • Environment:  Examine the impact of proposed environmental regulations on industrial competitiveness, require adequate cost/benefit analysis, and encourage greater transparency and industry access to the regulatory process.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure: Invest in upgrading America’s transportation and water infrastructure through a long-term strategy that makes the nation more efficient, while energizing commerce and creating jobs.
  • Occupational Health and Safety: Encourage greater focus on cooperative government-industry approaches to promoting worker health and safety.

Click here to read the full policy agenda.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 140 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115