Public Policy Agenda

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The following are key issues in AISI’s 2018 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 take broad action under Section 232 to protect our national security; 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 by using all available tools; modernize and strengthen the NAFTA; 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 maintain provisions in the tax code that ensure a competitive corporate tax rate, accelerated cost recovery to promote domestic capital investment, and the elimination of the corporate alternative minimum tax, while providing for the necessary and appropriate transition rules that allow companies to carry into the new tax system net operating losses and other tax assets they have accumulated under prior law.
  • Energy Policy Industry Position: The production of steel is inherently energy intensive and the availability and reliability of affordable energy is essential to the industry’s competitiveness. The Administration should ensure that regulations of energy providers do not undermine the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, including continuing EPA efforts to replace the Clean Power Plan. In addition, Congress and the Interior Department should continue to 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. We have been encouraged by the current Administration’s recognition of the need for a partnership with industry to preserve and protect our shared environment while promoting economic growth. AISI urges the Administration and Congress to continue to reconsider EPA regulatory actions in order to address 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, long-term funding for improvements to the nation’s transportation, water, energy and other critical 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 for the nation’s infrastructure is produced in the United States.
  • Workforce Policy Industry Position: The steel industry shares the federal government’s goal of ensuring safety and health at industrial workplaces. However, some 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 employeremployee- OSHA collaborative workplace safety program, and the Administration should commit to a cooperative enforcement approach where federal agencies and employers work in partnership to advance workplace safety and health.