Public Policy Agenda

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The following are key issues in AISI’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda: 

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  • International Trade Industry Position: Foreign government subsidies and other market-distorting policies have resulted in massive global steel overcapacity and significant levels of steel imports, resulting in thousands of U.S. job losses and numerous plant closures. The United States must press China and other nations to eliminate their steel overcapacity and to end all subsidies and other market-distorting policies that promote steel overcapacity; enforce aggressively U.S. trade laws against dumping and subsidies; respond to foreign government currency manipulation; and defend aggressively our ability to apply non-market economy methodology to remedy injurious dumping by China.
  • Tax Policy Industry Position: AISI supports tax policy that encourages manufacturing activity in the United States and increases the global competitiveness of domestic steel producers. Congress should enact substantial reform to the tax code that includes a significant corporate rate reduction, accelerated cost recovery provisions to promote domestic capital investment, elimination of the corporate alternative minimum tax, and necessary and appropriate transition rules that allow companies to carry into any new tax system net operating losses and other tax assets they have accumulated under current law.
  • Energy Policy Industry Position: The production of steel is inherently energy intensive and the availability and reliability of energy is essential to the industry’s competitiveness. The Administration should substantially revise the Clean Power Plan and other rules to ensure they do not undermine the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. In addition, Congress and the Interior Department should reverse ongoing federal regulatory efforts that limit production of domestic energy sources. Congress and the Administration should enact policy measures to facilitate investment in our national energy infrastructure, including production, distribution, transmission, and storage projects.
  • Environmental Industry Position: American steel producers have carefully sought to reduce our environmental footprint even while producing the advanced and highly recyclable steel that our economy needs. However, the simultaneous development and implementation of multiple new environmental regulatory programs at the federal and state levels have created competitive disadvantages for the industry. The Administration and Congress should act to reconsider recent EPA regulatory actions to examine the impact of these regulations on industrial competitiveness and to ensure adequate cost/benefit analysis.
  • Transportation and Water Infrastructure Industry Position: Transportation infrastructure facilitates broad economic growth and directly impacts the competitiveness of the domestic steel industry. Congress should provide for increased funding for infrastructure improvements that are directed towards long-term, multi-year projects that focus on rebuilding the nation’s bridges, roads, waterways, railroads and energy infrastructure. Federal funding should be accompanied by reforms that streamline permitting to speed approval of large projects and should ensure that iron and steel used to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure is produced in the United States.
  • Health and Safety Industry Position: The steel industry shares the federal government’s goal of ensuring safety and health at industrial workplaces. However, recently enacted regulations may misdirect priorities and create unnecessary costs for employers that prevent optimum workplace safety and health benefits from being realized. The Administration and Congress should reconsider and reform these regulations. Congress also should enact the Voluntary Protection Program Act to authorize and improve the VPP, a key employer-employee-OSHA collaborative workplace safety program, and the new Administration should commit to a cooperative enforcement approach where federal agencies and employers work in partnership to advance workplace safety and health.