Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Testifies Before ITC Urging Support for American Steel Rebar

May 18, 2017
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) to urge them to make a final affirmative determination on a petition to place duties of up to 209% on foreign steel rebar. 

“Rebar is a fundamental ingredient in all of our nation’s infrastructure from our roads and bridges, to our port facilities, to our locks and dams, to our airport hangars and runways, to our skyscrapers, schools and commercial facilities,” Nolan told the panel of Commissioners. “It is clear that rebar is critical for our national economy and our national security.”

Nolan continued: “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.”

“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.”

Nolan has testified multiple times before the ITC and the Department of Commerce, working hand in hand with the past Obama Administration and current Trump Administration to hold trade-cheater nations accountable for their illegal steel dumping practices.

At today’s hearing, Nolan called for duties on Japanese rebar totaling 209% and Turkish steel totaling 24%.