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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

14LTR-BAR on Apr 9, 2014

Report: declaring Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties
Source: Turkish Rebar Letter
Excerpts from Letter from 31 Senators to the Secretary of Commerce: We write to you regarding countervailing duty and antidumping investigations being conducted by the Department of Commerce on imports of steel reinforcing bar (rebar) from Turkey and Mexico.

Rebar is one of the largest volume steel products produced in the US, employing more than 10,000 workers in over 30 states. With nearly 7 million tons of domestic production, a healthy rebar industry is critical to a strong economy. However, it is our understanding that imports from Turkey and Mexico are surging into the US, nearly doubling from 2011 to 2013.

The ITC recently found that Mexican and Turkish rebar producers are consistently underselling US producers, resulting in substantial lost sales and depressed; [plus] a preliminary finding that the Government of Turkey bestows energy subsidies to its rebar industry, but that such subsidies are only de minimis in value. This seems surprising given the inherently energy-intensive nature of steel production.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Guide to Antidumping Laws", July 21, 1992) One of the pillars of the "fair trade" approach is a set of so-called antidumping and countervailing duty laws. Antidumping laws seek to prevent products manufactured overseas from being sold by foreign firms in the U.S. at "less than fair value." Countervailing duties seek to offset subsidies provided by foreign governments by imposing duties at the U.S. border.

The antidumping laws are confusing and arbitrary, and in many instances merely allow American firms to secure punitive tariffs against competing importers where no unfair trade practices are involved. Worse, these laws drive up the costs of imported components used by other American enterprises, making their products less competitive in world markets. As a result, American consumers pay higher prices for both imported and domestically produced goods. Also see related legislation H.R.3782, "Open Act"; and "Chinese Solar Panels" letter


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Free Trade
  • Headline: Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 14LTR-BAR

Michael Bennet s1sCO Democratic Jr Senator 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Joe Donnelly s1sIN Democratic Challenger 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Kay Hagan s1sNC Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Mark Warner s1sVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously Governor 



Republicans participating in 14LTR-BAR

Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s1sNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s1sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr Senator 
Tim Scott s1sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Richard Shelby s1sAL Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s1sLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate 
Roger Wicker s1sMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 14LTR-BAR

Dan Coats s1sIN Director of National Intelligence 
Jeff Sessions s1sAL Attorney General 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 13
Republicans: 13
Independents: 2


















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