Mesabi Daily News: NOLAN TESTIFIES TO ITC ON REBAR
Congressman Rick Nolan was back in front of the International Trade Commission
Nolan, who previously testified on behalf of the currently in-place tariffs on illegally dumped steel, returned on Thursday to push the ITC toward a final decision on duties up to 209 percent on foreign steel rebar.
He told the commission rebar is a “fundamental ingredient” to national infrastructure — pointing to roads, bridges, ports, airports and buildings — saying the steel is “critical for our national economy and our national security.”
Nolan called for duties on Japanese rebar totaling 209 percent and Turkish steel totaling 24 percent.
“Because rebar is so essential to our infrastructure, it is vital that it be made of the best quality and under the best conditions with high labor, safety, health and environmental standards,” he said. “We know that that the men and women who work in our iron ore mines and our steel mills can compete on a level playing field. But, as shown by the final determinations from the Department of Commerce, the playing field is not level when it comes to these imports of rebar which are being illegal subsidized and dumped into our county.”