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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Impose an Additional Tariff on Imported Steel

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Following President Trump’s signing of a Presidential Proclamation imposing an additional tariff on steel products from the Republic of Turkey, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the following statement: “Today, President Trump increased the Section 232 tariff rate on steel from 25 percent to 50 percent on imports of steel articles from the Republic of Turkey. Since the imposition of...

Opening Statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Senate Committee on Finance

Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the actions we have taken to assure the continued viability of our important steel and aluminum industries. The reports I submitted to the president this past January, pursuant to section 232 of the trade expansion act of 1962 found that steel and aluminum imports threaten to impair...

The SelectUSA Investment Summit: Advancing and Expanding American Prosperity

Guest blog post by Brian Lenihan, Acting Executive Director of SelectUSA The upcoming 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 20-22) will feature several plenaries, panels, and breakout sessions of experts, each focused on a vital U.S. industry or subject affecting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Advanced manufacturing, workforce development , the burgeoning commercial space...

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Section 232 Investigation into Auto Imports

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Today, following a conversation with President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. The investigation will determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security as defined in...

Manufacturing is Key to Building Stronger Communities

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Economic and Development Administration's October, 2017 Newsletter Manufacturing is a critical economic sector where workers develop and use the latest technology and build lasting, meaningful careers. With 12.4 million employees in the U.S. producing goods that are consumed domestically or exported abroad, manufacturing is one of the keys to building...

U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Streamlining Government Permitting and Reducing Unnecessary Regulations on the Domestic Manufacturing Industry

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers report that was submitted to President Donald Trump. This report, which gathered input from domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders, identified 20 sets of regulations and permitting issues as being a top priority for reform and immediate action to begin...

Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens For Domestic Manufacturing

Excerpt from report introduction: Federal regulations impose enormous costs on America’s businesses and working families. These costs burden virtually every sector of our economy, although the manufacturing sector is disproportionately hard hit. The direct costs on manufacturing companies were estimated by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to be $138.6 billion as of 2014, though this...

Beyond the Products: A Look at the Workers and their Occupations in the Manufacturing Industry

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau. On Manufacturing Day, we celebrate the wide range of skills and occupations of workers in the manufacturing industry. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in 10, or 15.4 million, U.S. workers in the civilian workforce had jobs in the manufacturing industry in 2016, making everything from cars to food. What do we know about people who...

Op-Ed: These NAFTA Rules Are Killing Our Jobs

As the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations unfold, there is a lot of loose talk being exchanged about automobile parts going back and forth among the United States, Canada and Mexico. NAFTA supporters assert that the U.S. content in cars assembled in Canada and Mexico is particularly high and that therefore our $70 billion-plus trade deficits with our NAFTA partners are not worrisome....