|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Wednesday, October 14, 1998
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) continued his campaign to get the Clinton Administration to take concrete action to stop the illegal dumping in the U.S. of foreign-made steel by offering a resolution calling for a one-year ban on foreign steel imports. The resolution is identical to a privileged motion Traficant made on the House floor earlier today. On Monday Traficant offered a similar motion which the Speaker must rule on today. Traficant's latest resolution, H. Res. 598, calls on the President to:
Immediately review and investigate for a period of ten days the entry into the United States of all steel products that are the product or manufacture of Australia, China, South Africa, Ukraine, Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea or Brazil.
Immediately impose a one-year ban on imports of all steel products that are the product or manufacture of Australia, China, South Africa, Ukraine, Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea or Brazil, if, after the above referenced review period, he finds that the governments of those countries are not abiding by the spirit and letter of international trade agreements with respect to dumping or other illegal actions.
Establish a task force within the Executive Branch to closely monitor U.S. imports of steel from other countries to determine whether or not international trade agreements are being violated with respect to dumping and other illegal actions.
Report to the Congress by no later than January 5, 1999, on any other actions the Executive Branch has taken, or intends to take, to ensure that all of the trading partners of the U.S. abide by the spirit and letter of international trade agreements with respect to the import into the U.S. of steel products.
House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R–TX) informed Traficant during a colloquy on the House floor this afternoon that the House will consider the Traficant resolution some time tomorrow.
Traficant's resolution already has the strong bi-partisan support of 13 House Democrats and 15 House Republicans. It was co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Peter J. Visclosky (D–IN), Dennis J. Kucinich (D–OH), Ralph Regula (R–OH), James Oberstar (D–MN), Charles Rangel (D–NY), Joseph Moakley (D–MA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D–TX), Mac Collins (R–GA), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R–TN), Duncan Hunter (R–CA), Jerry Lewis (R–CA), Michael Bilirakis (R–FL), C.W. "Bill" Young (R–FL), Terry Everett (R–AL), Nathan Deal (R–GA), Charlie Norwood (R–GA), Steven LaTourette (R–OH), Robert Ney (R–OH), Jon D. Fox (R–PA), Ron Klink (D–PA), Alan Mollohan (D–WV), Nick Joe Rahall (D–WV), Kevin Brady (R–TX), Tim Holden (D–PA), Paul Kanjorski (D–PA), Chaka Fattah (D–PA), Eliot Engel (D–NY), and Steve Horn (R–CA).2009