Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama Trade bill 2015: Sewell seeks protections for Alabama's steel industry

Jun 9, 2015
In The News

U.S. Rep Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, wrote a letter to House leaders on Tuesday urging them to adopt stronger protections for the steel industry as the House is expected to consider trade legislation impacting a proposed trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations later this week. The congresswoman said the protections are contingent on whether she will vote in favor of the potential agreement and related legislation that gives the president fast-track authority to approve trade deals. The Senate passed the fast-track legislation late last month, which included language on currency manipulation and dumping sought by Sewell.

Sewell called for tougher enforcement of currency manipulation and dumping, or the practice of a country selling exports for cheaper than they do in their home nation. She said her vote on the bills "hinges on stronger trade enforcement provisions," warning of the potential effects to Alabama's steel industry if the legislation doesn't include the protections.

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