AISI Board Approves 2015 Policy Agenda

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For Immediate Release
February 5, 2015

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Board of Directors today approved the Institute’s Public Policy Agenda for 2015 during their meeting in Washington, D.C. The Agenda outlines aggressive pro-manufacturing policy strategies to guide advocacy for the upcoming year and highlight importance of the steel industry to the success of the American economy.

“The U.S. steel industry is dedicated to meeting the needs of society by supplying critical materials for markets, like automotive and construction, providing communities with good paying jobs and making constant advancements through research and development,” said Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO. ”However, our industry is facing significant challenges: from a surge in imports that has hit an all-time high in market share, to policies that affect private investment and public infrastructure funding, to competing materials impacting steel markets. Our 2015 Public Policy Agenda highlights a concerted effort on behalf of the industry to turn obstacles into opportunities, combat foreign unfair trade practices, create jobs, highlight our innovations and sustainability, and strengthen the manufacturing base.”

Highlights of the public policy plan include:

  • Trade: Level the playing field, and preserve and strengthen our nation’s manufacturing base by keeping our laws against unfair trade strong and strictly enforcing trade laws and agreements; use all means to prevent and address unfair trade and injurious import surges; and, expand rules-based trade through existing and new trade agreements.
  • Tax: Ensure congressional tax reform proposals strengthen the U.S. industrial base by reducing, not increasing, the overall tax burden on manufacturers; and, promote increased investment in domestic manufacturing facilities and equipment.
  • Energy: Craft a national energy policy that promotes development of all domestic energy sources, with particular focus on the benefits to manufacturing provided by shale-based oil and natural gas production

  • Environment and Regulatory: 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 development process at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies.
  • Transportation Infrastructure: Advocate for long-term and sustainable funding financing scheme based on the user fee principle for federal transportation infrastructure investment. 
  • Workforce Policy: Pursue cooperative government-industry approaches to worker health and safety, as overly burdensome regulations may misplace priorities and create costs to employers that prevent workplace safety and health benefits from being realized.

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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 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).