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AISI Applauds Confirmation of Raimondo at Commerce

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The American Iron and Steel Institute applauded the Senate confirmation of Gina Raimondo to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Raimondo had been serving as the governor of Rhode Island.

“We congratulate Gov. Raimondo on her well-deserved confirmation by the Senate as Secretary of Commerce. We appreciate her commitment to addressing the issues facing the American steel industry, including vigorously enforcing the U.S. trade remedy laws and remaining aggressive in combating unfair trade practices by China and other trading partners,” said Kevin Dempsey, president of AISI.

Raimondo succeeds steel industry veteran Wilbur Ross, who served as Commerce secretary for the entirety of the Trump administration. Ross oversaw the implementation of Section 232 tariffs that protected the American steel production industry.  

Dempsey urged Raimondo to keep those tariffs in place.

“A critical part of the response to the global steel overcapacity crisis must be the full enforcement of the Section 232 remedies on steel products, including action to ensure that the Section 232 exclusions process does not inadvertently allow exclusion of products that are made by domestic steel producers. We look forward to working with Gov. Raimondo to address the steel crisis and ensure good-paying manufacturing jobs in the domestic industry are not lost to unfair trade in any form,” Dempsey said.