Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan: White House Finalizing Substantive Steps to Address Mining and Steel Crisis

Feb 22, 2016
Press Release

Following a conversation with the White House Deputy National Security Advisor, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced that the Administration is finalizing a multifaceted plan of action to address massive illegal foreign steel dumping that has jeopardized the survival of the nation’s iron ore mining and steel industries and put thousands of people on Minnesota’s Iron Range and across the country out of work.

“Specifics of the plan will be revealed over the coming weeks, and I will continue working closely with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough – a self-described convert to our cause – and his team to help make sure these steps are swift, bold and effective,” Nolan said in today’s edition of his weekly e-newsletter, The Monday Report.

“More than 2,000 Iron Range miners have lost their jobs over the last year as a result of foreign producers dumping low-quality subsidized steel into our domestic marketplace, and the effect on our local businesses and communities has been devastating,” Nolan added. “I am pleased to have the White House working with us to clamp down on trade cheater nations, reverse this crisis and start putting our miners back to work where they belong.”

Nolan has been leading the charge against illegal steel dumping and other unfair trade practices since returning to Congress in 2013 after spending 32 years away from Washington working in the private sector.  After several meetings between Nolan and McDonough regarding the effect the steel crisis is having on Minnesota’s Iron Range, McDonough brought the issue directly to the attention of President Obama, who then made the decision to send McDonough to the Range in late December to meet with miners, local business people, elected officials and other leaders. Today’s announcement is the direct result of that meeting and numerous follow-up meetings and communications with McDonough and other White House officials.