|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Thursday, October 15, 1998
Washington, D.C. – The House today overwhelmingly approved a resolution authored by U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) calling on the Clinton Administration to impose a one year ban on steel imports from any country found to be illegally dumping steel in the U.S. "This is not about free trade, it's about illegal trade and the security of the United States," said Traficant, who worked all week to bring the resolution to the House floor. Traficant's resolution was approved by a vote of 345 to 44. The resolution, H. Res. 598, expresses the sense of the House that the President should:
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.
"The fact that an overwhelming majority of House Members voted for this resolution sends a powerful message to the White House – one it cannot ignore," asserted Traficant. "The House has made it clear – in no uncertain terms – that it wants the Administration to act swiftly and decisively on behalf of American workers."2009