PoliticalNews.me - Mar 08,2017 - Sen. Franken Assails Trump Decision to Not Require American Steel In Keystone Pipeline
Says it Breaks Promise to Steelworkers on Minnesota’s Iron Range and Across the Country
Sen. Al Franken pushed back against President Trump's decision to break his promise to Minnesota Iron Rangers by not requiring that American-made steel be used during construction of the Keystone Pipeline, saying it ignores an important pledge to iron ore miners and steelworkers to "Buy American." In a letter to the President Monday, Sen. Franken pressed him to stand up for U.S. iron and steel workers who have been hard hit by a flood of unfairly-subsidized foreign steel exports to the United States-primarily from China. Those imports have been a key factor in U.S. job losses that have devastated many families and communities on Minnesota's Iron Range and across the country.
"During your campaign, your inaugural address, and your recent address to Congress, you pledged that "Buy American" would be a key tenant of your Administration's policies. Unfortunately, it appears that in one of your first major decisions, you have chosen to disregard these pledges," Sen. Franken wrote. "I believe that if the Keystone XL project moves forward, it should be constructed with American iron and steel."
Sen. Franken has long pressed to combat illegal foreign steel exports to the United States and to ensure that U.S. taxpayer-funded projects use American iron and steel. In 2013, the Senate passed an amendment co-authored by Sen. Franken requiring water infrastructure projects to use American steel. That provision was signed into law by President Obama in 2014. In 2015, he introduced an amendment requiring the Keystone XL pipeline, if approved by Congress, be built with American-made steel. That same year, he led efforts to bring White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to the Iron Range to witness firsthand the challenges faced by steelworkers, their families and communities hit hard by the downturn in the steel industry. And over the last two years, Franken successfully pushed the Obama Administration to crack down on illegal foreign steel being dumped in the United States, when major new tariffs were imposed on several countries engaged in illegal dumping.
You can read Sen. Franken's letter to the president here or below.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I write to express my disappointment with your decision to not require American iron and steel to be used in construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. During your campaign, your inaugural address, and your recent address to Congress, you pledged that "Buy American" would be a key tenant of your Administration's policies. Unfortunately, it appears that in one of your first major decisions, you have chosen to disregard these pledges.
Unfortunately, according to TransCanada, the owner of the proposed pipeline, half of the pipe for the U.S. portion of the pipeline would be sourced from foreign countries. And for the other half that would be put together here in the United States, much of the raw material,