Yo-ho-ho and a barrel of trade 'fairness'

Nov 04, 2005 | 08:29 AM | Maria Guzzo

A congressman is sponsoring legislation aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers by giving them legal standing in trade disputes involving imports of raw materials they need.

The introduction of H.R.4217 (the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act) by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R., Mich.) quickly curried favor with manufacturing groups while leaving the head of a steelmaking association wagging his finger.

"It is astonishing that harmful effects to our manufacturing base are being ignored when trade decisions are made," Knollenberg said. "With our current economic situation, it is more important now than ever to ensure American companies are able to compete globally. We cannot afford to play favorites and unnecessarily damage our manufacturing base with unfair policies. This legislation is about fairness and doing the right thing to help American companies and jobs."

But Thomas A. Danjczek, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, was quick to point out that one person's fairness is another's favoritism.....

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