#SteelBriefs Profile - Representative Tim Walberg (R) MI-7

Representative Tim Walberg (R) MI-7

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?

The good-paying manufacturing jobs and economic contributions from the steel industry are essential to my district. The automotive sector has also benefited greatly from advances in steel technology, while the steel industry continues to provides crucial materials to support upgrades to our roads, bridges, and waterways.

Why does a successful steel industry benefit the nation?

The domestic steel industry produces the highest quality steel made by the most talented workforce on the globe. Our economy benefits from easy access to American-made steel products, which give a competitive edge to our construction, automotive, and defense industries, and ultimately advantage the American consumer.

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

American industry should be able to compete on a level playing field with foreign competitors, and through our efforts on the Congressional Steel Caucus, we’ve fought back on a number of actions by foreign nations, pushing back on the illegal dumping of steel into our markets, and calling on the Administration to pursue countervailing duties. We’ve also passed proactive measures, including the ENFORCE Act in the Customs bill and strong negotiating objectives in TPA, to upgrade our trade remedy laws and existing enforcement tools so we can prioritize efforts to investigate bad actors and combat illegal trade practices.

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

As a former steel worker at U.S. Steel Southworks, I appreciate all the hardworking men and women in the steel industry and I know firsthand how they support our economy. It’s a privilege to champion their efforts in Congress and I’ll continue working with my colleagues to promote this important industry.