Steel Timeline - from a non-partisan view

Here's a quick "Just the facts" look at the administration's work in the steel industry in the past four years from a non-partisan steelworker's viewpoint.

STEEL TIMELINE: The last four years

Jan. 20, 2017 – Donald Trump - inagurated as 45th President of the United States

Feb. 28, 2017 – Wilbur Ross (former steel executive) – sworn in as the Secretery of Commerce

Apr. 20, 2017 – President Trump meets with steel executives – Section 232 investigation initiated in

which allows for 270 days for completion – President Trump orders it to be completed by late June. Imports soar to abnormal levels upon announcement of investigation.

July 25, 2017 – President Trump speaks of delaying 232 until his other top priority issues are addressed – taxes, healthcare, infrastructure.

Sept. 20, 2017 – Steelworkers from US Steel, Nucor, AK Steel, and Arcelor Mittal meet with the Senate and the House of Representatives to push for swift action on the rise of imports due to the announcement of the 232 investigation. At meeting at the Department of Commerce, representative stated that the 232 investigation report was already completed – working on drafts to send to the President.

Dec. 5, 2017 – Department of Commerce catches China cheating via (trans-shipping) slaps tariffs on Vietnamese steel originating from China.

Jan. 11, 2018 – Department of Commerce issued a press release that it had submitted the 232 report to the President. The President now has 90 days to act on it.

Jan. 12, 2018 – U.S. Steel issues statement requesting swift action from the administration.

March 1, 2018 – President Trump invites excutives of the steel industry to the White House and makes announcement of upcomming 25% steel tariffs and 10% for aluminum.

March 8, 2018 – President Trump signs proclamations levying tariffs on aluminum of 10% and steel imports of 25%

June 1, 2018 – Tariffs went into effect.

June 6, 2018 – Senator Bob Corker, with Senator Pat Toomey's support, introduces a bill that would modify this, more than a year long process, to require congressional approval before adjusting tariff levels. (This bill never passes)

WITH THE TARIFFS IN PLACE, COUNTRIES FEEL THE PRESSURE

November 30, 2018 – President Trump, the Mexican President, and the Canadian Prime Minister sign the USMCA replacing NAFTA. (This bill was heavily supported by both House and Senate Republicans and Democrats)

January15, 2020 – The US and China reach an agreement on "Phase One" of a trade deal.

THESE NEGOTIATIONS MUST CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR JOBS, INDUSTRY, AND THE SECURITY OF AMERICA!

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