#SteelBriefs Profile - Representative Charles W. Dent (R-PA 15th District)

Representative Charles W. Dent (R-PA 15th District)

The American steel industry employs nearly 140,000 workers, supports about a million jobs in the larger economy and is vital to nearly every aspect of modern life. #Steelbriefs highlights the opinions of steel advocates in Congress on key issues critical to the steel industry by profiling members of Congress who have worked to curtail the unfair foreign trade practices that have impacted the industry, and championed other issues critical to steel like transportation, infrastructure and energy. You can follow #SteelBriefs on the American Iron and Steel Institute Twitter (@AISISteel) and Facebook channels, as well as here on steel.org.





How does the steel industry benefit your district?
In Pennsylvania, steel mills directly employ over 17,000 people across the state, and the economic impact of this direct employment has created an additional 110,000 jobs in other local industries. My father was an employee of Bethlehem Steel, and I know first-hand the important positive impact these jobs have on the lives of individuals in their communities, as well as the important role that the industry plays in sustaining our nation’s infrastructure and security.

Why is it important to address unfair trade, especially with regard to the steel industry?
Our nation’s economy thrives when markets have access to open and fair trade. In order to ensure that we are actually benefiting from our trade agreements, it is critical that the terms of these arrangements are strictly enforced. If not, illegally traded imports have the potential to severely harm American industry. Not only does this hurt steelworkers, but by negatively impacting the entire industry, illegal and unfair trade practices can limit future domestic capabilities. This presents a threat to our national security by limiting access to domestic sources of steel.

Why is national infrastructure investment important?
It is critical that we make long-needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure. Frustratingly, we have deferred making the tough decisions necessary to make these investments. As a result, 55,710 of our nation’s bridges are structurally compromised. Our roads, bridges, rails, seaports, and airports make up the backbone of our transportation system that moves our economy, and steel is an important component of this infrastructure. If we are to grow our economy and create new opportunities for Americans, these investments must be made.