Democratic Congressman Pete Visclosky says steel mills in Indiana and around the country are being threatened by cheap imports from China. Visclosky is vice-chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus.
He says President Obama could be doing more to protect the steel industry through tariffs and other measures.
“It is the responsibility of the administration to enforce the letter of the law and to use every tool that they have. We want to impress that upon the President,” said Visclosky.
Earlier this week, Obama met with Australia’s prime minister to discuss a strategy in dealing with a global glut in steel. The President spoke by phone with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull to review a number of bilateral and regional issues. The two leaders discussed, among other things, the need to work together to address the global glut in steel.
“I would suggest that he is coming around if you would. Administration after administration have not adequately dealt with protect manufacturing in the United States, obviously steel in this instance,” said Visclosky.