Congressional Steel Caucus
Representative Bost serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of over 100 Members of Congress who represent regions with steel manufacturers or care about the health of the American steel industry. In addition to introducing legislation supporting the domestic steel community, Caucus members also routinely meet with Administration officials and WTO representatives to communicate the interests of the American industry and its steelworkers.
The steel industry has been vitally important to Southern Illinois for decades. However, the American steel industry and its steelworkers face threats on several fronts. At home, loopholes in Buy America protections have prevented the use of American steel on infrastructure projects. Abroad, illegally-subsidized imports from foreign nations that devalue their currencies continue to flood the market. During these difficult times, Representative Bost is on the front line fighting for every single American job.
Bost Actions on Unfair Trade and Steel
- Bost, Davis and Shimkus lead Illinois Delegation Letter to President Obama demanding stronger enforcement of United States trade laws. April 14, 2015
- Hosted Metro-East Delegation Meeting with United States Trade Representative Deputy Ambassador Michael Punke on to discuss the need for stronger trade enforcement.
- On April 30, 2015, Reps. Bost, Davis and Shimkus met with then House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and then Trade Subcommittee Chair Pat Tiberi to discuss the inclusion of anti-dumping and countervailing duty legislation supported by the industry.
- Bost hosted Steel Industry representatives to brief Congressional Staff on the need for trade remedy legislation. May 12, 2015;
- Bost signed Steel Caucus Letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi requesting inclusion of trade remedy provisions in upcoming trade legislation. May 15, 2015;
- Bost and Davis introduce H.R. 2523, the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act. This legislation included all provisions requested by the steel industry to fix our nation’s anti-dumping and countervailing trade remedy laws. Rep. Shimkus cosponsored. May 21, 2015. Passed into law June 2015;
- Bost and Davis awarded “Steel Champion” Award by American Iron and Steel Institute for successful efforts to strengthen anti-dumping/countervailing duty trade remedies;
- Signed Steel Caucus Letter to President on Chinese Steel Imports. 9-24-15;
- Bost votes for legislation lifting nation’s ban on crude oil exports. Legislation intended to encourage further domestic production of shale oil reserves by equalizing domestic and international prices for light sweet crude. Steel manufactured at Granite City turned into pipe for oil production. Low oil prices sited as contributor to idling of Granite City. See, “A Global Chill in Commodity Demand Hits America’s Heartland, New York Times, 10-23-2015.
- Reps. Bost and Davis and the office of Rep. Shimkus meet with Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistant Secretary Paul Piquado to discuss implementation of anti-dumping/countervailing duty trade remedies included in H.R. 2523, the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act; 11-4-2015.
- Rep. Bost leads letter to House Appropriations Committee requesting additional resources be dedicated to trade enforcement activities at the United States Department of Commerce. Reps. Davis and Shimkus cosign. November 19, 2015;
- Reps. Bost and Davis send letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady requesting the inclusion of into H.R. 644 language similar to the Enforce Act intended target the evasion of anti-dumping/countervailing duties. 12-2-15;
- Rep. Bost leads letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related agencies encouraging the Committee to maximize resources for trade enforcement activities at the United States Department of Commerce in the FY 2017 CJS Appropriations bill. 3-21-2016.
- Bost testifies at joint public hearing of the United States Trade Representative and United States Department of Commerce on the need for stronger actions to address the overproduction of steel by foreign state-owned enterprises and calls on federal government to fully implement trade remedies against unfairly traded steel. Urges Administration not to grant market economy status to China. 4-12-2016.
- Bost leads House letter to International Trade Commission in support of U. S. Steel Section 337 case against China. The suit alleges China has engaged in a number of willful and deliberate actions that have caused harm to U. S. Steel. Favorable ruling could result in prohibitions against imports from foreign companies named in suit. 5-23-2016.
- Bost Cosponsors Congressional Steel Caucus resolution calling on the Administration to not grant China Market Economy Status. 9-7-2016.
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Washington, D.C.—Rep. Mike Bost authored a bipartisan letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this week in support of an unfair trade complaint filed by U.S. Steel. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) joined Bost’s effort, along with more than 40 Members of Congress who signed on to the letter.