Senator Casey Statement on EU-US Steel and Aluminum Tariff Agreement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the announcement that the Biden Administration and the European Union have reached an agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs:

“When given a level playing field, American workers, especially our steelworkers, can outwork and outcompete our global competitors. However, for too long they’ve been at a disadvantage due to predatory practices and subsidies from non-market economies. With this agreement with the EU, the Biden Administration is making good not just on its promise to invest in American workers and American manufacturing, but to focus our energies on those countries and competitors who most distort global markets and undermine American workers.

“This agreement will protect our national security and economic interests, close loopholes that have enabled China to game the global trade system and level the global playing field by taking into account American efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of steel production.

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“I thank Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and the United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai for consulting closely with steelworkers through this progress and for negotiating a deal that is worker-centered and lifts up our domestic steel and aluminum industries. I am especially grateful to Tom Conway and the many other members of the US Steelworkers for keeping fairness and competitiveness at the top of our trade agenda.”

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