AISI Supports Senate Passage of S. 1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011


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October 3, 2011                                                                                 202.452.7115 /

Legislation would address China’s deliberate undervaluation of its currency 

Washington, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson sent a letter today to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) expressing the Institute’s support of S. 1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011.  The bill, scheduled for a cloture vote today, will provide U.S. manufacturers the ability to use the existing countervailing duty law to obtain a remedy for injury caused by goods benefiting from a currency manipulation export subsidy. 

“The American steel industry has been a staunch advocate for Congressional action on legislation that will address the unfair export subsidy provided by foreign governments that manipulate their currency,” the letter states.  “We commend you and your colleagues for recognizing the need for legislative action by introducing S. 1619, which provides a very targeted approach to address this issue.” 

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