Unfortunately, so-called “free” trade agreements like NAFTA and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have allowed millions of good American jobs to be outsourced overseas where products can be produced cheaply, without those protections. Unfair trade agreements have helped spur the loss of more than 56,000 American manufacturing companies over the past 20 years. To that end, I am a strong supporter of Trade Adjustment Assistance which is designed to help through monetary assistance, job retraining and other benefits, those workers who have lost their living wage jobs due to our unfair trade deals.
I will continue to oppose the TPP, and similar agreements which would force Americans to compete against foreign operations that provide little or none of the wages, benefits, health, safety, environmental and human rights protections that have helped us build the strongest middle class in history.
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The International Trade Commission has decided to place duties of up to 209 percent on foreign steel rebar at the same time the White House decides how to come down on cheap steel imports.
On Friday, the ITC agreed to duties on Japanese rebar totaling 209 percent and Turkish steel totaling 24 percent.
After testifying before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in May, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded the ITC’s decision today to heed his call to place duties of up to 209% on foreign steel rebar.
In its final affirmative determination on the petition, the ITC agreed to duties on Japanese rebar totaling 209% and Turkish steel totaling 24%.
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