#SteelBriefs Profile - Representative Pat Tiberi (R) OH-12

The North American steel industry is vital to nearly every aspect of modern life. The American steel industry employs nearly 140,000 workers and supports about a million jobs in the larger economy. #SteelBriefs profiles members of Congress who have worked to curtail the unfair foreign trade practices that have impacted the domestic industry, and who have championed other issues critical to steel like transportation, infrastructure and energy. #Steelbriefs highlights the opinions of these steel advocates on key issues. 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 addition to the steel industry being strategically important to our national and economic security, it is a key job creator. The steel industry supports more than 15,000 jobs in the state of Ohio alone. Right now in my district, steel manufacturers and steelworkers are creating products that compete in the world market, which in turn provides well-paying jobs for my constituents and Ohioans.

Why is it important to address unfair trade, especially with regard to the steel industry?

Unfair pricing and subsidies by foreign governments distort the free flow of goods and services and adversely affect American industries and workers. It is of paramount importance that we stop foreign competitors from cheating and undercutting our domestic steelworkers. That is why I testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in May to ensure our trade laws are strictly enforced, and will continue to fight tooth and nail for fair trade.

How would your constituents be affected if trade laws are not aggressively enforced?

Other countries often subsidize the production and exportation of products by their own producers. This is a prevalent problem in the steel industry. These types of foreign government interventions, often by China, create global overcapacity and a surge of steel imports into the U.S., which can cause U.S. steel producers to close plants and lay off workers. This is why I was proud to be a leader in the effort to strengthen our government’s enforcement and administration of U.S. trade laws in last year’s Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015.

Why is national infrastructure investment important?

Investments in our national infrastructure are some of the most important investments we make as a country. Maintaining a robust infrastructure through sensible and responsible investment in our nation’s highways, bridges, and airports is essential in sustaining a strong and robust economy. This is why I was proud to support a five-year, fully funded surface transportation bill last year that will improve upon our nation’s vital infrastructure and transportation network.

Do you have any other comments or statements about the steel industry?

My dad was a member of the United Steelworkers union for 25 years. I know firsthand the importance of a strong domestic steel industry for our economy. I will continue to fight to ensure our foreign competitors are playing on the same level playing field as the hardworking Ohio steelworkers in my district.