AISI Applauds Confirmation of Ms Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce
US Senate confirmed Rhode Island Governor Ms Gina Raimondo as the next secretary of the US Commerce Department. With a 84-15 confirmation vote,
US Senate confirmed Rhode Island Governor Ms Gina Raimondo as the next secretary of the US Commerce Department. With a 84-15 confirmation vote, Ms Raimondo is set to lead one of the federal government's most eclectic departments. Ms Raimondo is cutting short her second term as governor of the country's smallest state Rhode Island to join the Biden administration. During the confirmation process, Raimondo emphasized the need for the department to address how the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the economy and underscored structural inequities facing people of color and families with lower incomes.
American Iron and Steel Institute President & CEO Mr Kevin Dempsey said “We congratulate Governor Raimondo on her well-deserved confirmation by the Senate as Secretary of Commerce. We appreciate her commitment to addressing the issues facing the American steel industry, including vigorously enforcing the US trade remedy laws and remaining aggressive in combating unfair trade practices by China and other trading partners. Strong enforcement of U.S. trade laws is a top priority for American steelmakers, particularly as foreign government subsidies and other market-distorting policies and practices have resulted in significant global steel overcapacity, the impacts of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. A critical part of the response to the global steel overcapacity crisis must be the full enforcement of the Section 232 remedies on steel products, including action to ensure that the Section 232 exclusions process does not inadvertently allow exclusion of products that are made by domestic steel producers. We look forward to working with Gov. Raimondo to address the steel crisis and ensure good-paying manufacturing jobs in the domestic industry are not lost to unfair trade in any form.”