Category Archives: Government Relations

US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced in a joint statement (below) that the United States and European Union would enter into discussions on global steel and aluminum excess capacity. As part of the agreement, the EU will delay doubling … Continue reading US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card for the US, and it shows that the US has drastically under-invested in infrastructure maintenance. A water main breaks in the US every 2 minutes, and 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost every day. 43% of roadways in the … Continue reading US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes

Legislation from 2019 has risen again in the House of Representatives – action is expected on this in the House, THIS WEEK, the week of March 8. This legislation includes the highly controversial requirement that employers turn over private employee information to union organizers without the employee’s permission. The AWPA will sign on to a … Continue reading New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes

AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

The AWPA’s Government Relations Advisory Committee has set the agenda for the upcoming Congressional Visits to be held on September 11, in conjunction with the 2019 Government Affairs Conference. We’ll provide the industry data that shows the value of the industry to the US economy. In addition, we’ll have topical material on the following issues: … Continue reading AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3

On June 30, the Office of the US Trade Representative opened the process for requesting exclusions to Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products on List 3. The products on List 3 include Wire Products from Chapter 73 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). The process is very different than the exclusion … Continue reading 301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3

3 Steps to Support USMCA Day of Action

Today, manufacturers and the business community nationwide are rallying together to tell Congress to pass a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA. This agreement will level the playing field with Mexico and Canada by expanding U.S. access to those markets. The USMCA strengthens and modernizes America’s innovation engine. Please join in NAM’s … Continue reading 3 Steps to Support USMCA Day of Action

Registration is now Open for the Government Affairs Conference

This September the Steel wire Industry will head to Washington, DC to hear the latest on trade issues impacting wire manufacturing, from Tariffs, to the USMCA. It’s a great opportunity to get the latest on what’s happening in the industry, what to expect on trade in the coming months, and connect with colleagues and customers. … Continue reading Registration is now Open for the Government Affairs Conference

Supreme Court Declines Steel Section 232 Challenge

from National Law Review, June 26, 2019 The United States Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a challenge to President Trump’s authority to enact steel and aluminum tariffs for stated reasons of national security. The president has claimed authority to implement tariffs pursuant to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as … Continue reading Supreme Court Declines Steel Section 232 Challenge

NAM to HOST USMCA PASSAGE CAPITOL HILL DAY

Passage of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is one of manufacturers’ top priorities and your help is needed to urge Congress to pass this important trade deal without delay. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are convening manufacturers and their employees from across the country in Washington, DC on July 17 to meet with … Continue reading NAM to HOST USMCA PASSAGE CAPITOL HILL DAY