Reactions continue to drag the president Joseph R. Biden Jr. historic trade agreement with the European Union.
The White House said the agreement “: simply reinforces the fact that the world’s first carbon-based sectoral agreement on the steel and aluminum trade is a victory for American workers, businesses, families and the environment by protecting well-paying union jobs, lowering prices for consumers, maintaining our competitiveness and reducing emissions.
See below for what they say:
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH): “We are starting to see the tangible benefits of the most worker-friendly administration in a generation. The Biden administration knows that if you want to stand up for American workers and businesses in the face of anti-competitive practices from China, it helps to work with friends and allies and to listen to American workers. This deal was negotiated with the workers at the table, as any trade policy should. Coupled with my bipartisan Build America Buy America law, this deal is an important first step in tackling the overcapacity and dumping of Chinese steel that has cost Ohio jobs. [Statement, 10/31/21]
Senator Bob Casey (PA): “With this deal with the EU, the Biden administration is not only keeping its promise to invest in American workers and American manufacturing, but to focus our energies on the countries and competitors that most distort global markets. and undermine American workers. … I thank Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai for consulting closely with steelworkers throughout this process and for negotiating a worker-centric deal that spurs our national industries. steel and aluminum. [Statement, 11/1/21]
Senator Rob Portman (OH): “Glad to see @USTR Tai and @SecRaimondo close to a deal with the EU to lift Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum and stop EU retaliatory tariffs, while ensuring the protection of American workers and steel companies. ” [Tweet, 10/31/21]
Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady (TX-08): “I commend Ambassador Tai and Secretary Raimondo for concluding these difficult discussions in a way that is making significant progress both for US exporters and for US manufacturers, power producers and many more. which depend on reliable European suppliers of steel or aluminum. ” [Statement, 11/1/21]
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler: “The Biden administration’s announcement of an interim Section 232 tariff agreement is good news for workers, domestic producers, climate ambition and our national security. It will ensure that U.S. domestic industries remain competitive while committing the United States and the European Union to work together to tackle the root of the problem: Chinese state subsidies and global overcapacity in the sectors of agriculture. ‘steel and aluminum. … With American workers at the table, this arrangement is another example of how President Biden is keeping his promise to implement a worker-centered trade policy and why he says, “When I think about the climate, I think to jobs. ” [Statement, 11/1/21]
National Marine Manufacturers Association President Frank Hugelmeyer: “From their earliest days in office, President Biden and Ambassador Tai have been committed to resolving the US-EU trade dispute that has harmed the US shipbuilding industry, and today , we applaud and thank them for keeping that promise. … Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and his administration, we no longer face a structural disadvantage compared to international competitors. ” [Statement, 11/1/21]
Jochen Zeitz, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson: “Today’s news is a great victory for Harley-Davidson and our customers, employees and dealers in Europe. Our thanks go to President Biden, Secretary Raimundo and the US administration for their efforts in this negotiation. … This is a significant course correction in US-EU trade relations, which will allow us to strengthen Harley-Davidson’s position as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. [Statement, 10/30/21]
Brown ‑ Forman Corporation President and CEO Lawson Whiting: “Brown ‑ Forman applauds the Biden administration for today’s announcement between the US and the EU regarding steel and aluminum tariffs. The deal delivers on the administration’s promise to rebuild the transatlantic alliance by removing tariffs on US whiskey and other US exports, which have been in place for more than three years. We would like to thank Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Ambassador Katherine Tai, their EU counterparts and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for their efforts to achieve this positive resolution. [Statement, 10/31/21]
Ben Beachy, Sierra Club Living Economy Program Director: “The Biden administration has just taken a critical first step towards a new business model that prioritizes working families, climate action and healthy communities over unfair profits from corporate contractors. The Sierra Club congratulates the Biden administration on reaching a new climate-focused deal with the EU on steel and aluminum trade, which could become the country’s first climate-friendly trade deal. [Statement, 11/1/21]