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U.S. and Mexico Reach Agreement to Combat Illegal Steel Dumping

Bob Casey

U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has lauded a new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, facilitated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to block China and other countries from dumping steel illegally into the U.S. market. This dumping has jeopardized the jobs of steelworkers nationwide. Casey has been instrumental in advocating against the rise in Mexican steel imports, influencing the introduction of the Stop Mexico’s Steel Surge Act. This legislation helped empower the USTR to enforce stricter import regulations on Mexican steel.

In December 2023, Casey, along with bipartisan support, urged the Biden Administration to enforce a 2019 agreement with Mexico to manage steel imports more stringently. The Stop Mexico’s Steel Surge Act proposes reinstating a 25% tariff on these imports for at least one year and allows the president to set quotas on goods experiencing significant import surges. The tariffs can be lifted only after the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR confirm Mexico’s compliance with the 2019 agreement.

Casey is a strong proponent of Buy America standards and American manufacturing. He has expressed concerns about reducing tariffs imposed on China for national security reasons and opposed a resolution that would weaken Buy American standards for electric vehicle chargers. He supported the Build America, Buy America Act, ensuring that infrastructure projects use American materials and products. Casey also endorsed the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides tax credits for clean energy technologies and offers a bonus for using American-made materials.

In April 2024, Casey, alongside Senator Tammy Baldwin, prompted the Biden Administration to address unfair trade practices by China that affect American shipbuilding and national security. He also advocated for maintaining Section 301 tariffs, which the administration adjusted by increasing tariffs on crucial sectors like steel, aluminum, semiconductors, and batteries.

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