AISI Comments on President's Nominations for USTR and Commerce

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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama today nominated Michael Froman to be the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Penny Pritzker to be the next Secretary of Commerce.  Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, today said that he will work to ensure both nominees become good partners with the steel industry once they are confirmed.  Gibson made the following statement:

“I am pleased to see that President Obama has nominated candidates for these two critical positions, which oversee trade negotiations and enforcement for the federal government.  Enforcement of international trade rules and U.S. trade laws are key to the steel industry’s competitiveness, and efforts to strengthen these rules through initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations on state-owned enterprises are critical to the industry’s future.  Michael Froman has already established himself as a good partner of the industry through his discussions with the AISI Board of Directors on the critical trade issues facing the steel industry.  AISI looks forward to working with him should he be confirmed by the Senate.  In addition, AISI looks forward to working with Penny Pritzker, should she be confirmed as Secretary of Commerce, to preserve the effectiveness of America’s trade laws against unfair foreign competition.  The Department of Commerce plays a critical role in enforcing U.S. laws against unfair trade practices, and is the key agency representing the interests of U.S. manufacturers within the Executive Branch. We plan to educate and engage these two nominees further on steel, and our industry’s significant role as the backbone of the manufacturing sector, as soon as they are confirmed.”

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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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 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 123 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI’s member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s website at www.steel.org.