Steel and other manufacturing industries are the backbone of our economy. A strong manufacturing sector creates significant benefits for society, including good-paying jobs, investment in research and development, critical materials for our national defense, and high-value exports. Yet manufacturing in the United States faces significant challenges due to a number of factors, including, for example, foreign unfair trade practices that have caused repeated surges of dumped and subsidized imports into the U.S. market and cascading job losses affecting many local communities.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp drop in economic activity in general and in steel demand in particular, further threatening many jobs in steel and throughout the economy. To respond to this crisis, significant new public investment is needed in our nation’s infrastructure as part of a broader pro-manufacturing policy agenda to promote economic growth and job creation.

To meet these critical goals, the steel industry in the United States strongly supports the implementation of the following public policy priorities to allow U.S. manufacturers to recover and thrive, while also safely getting Americans back to work.