NEW YORK A bipartisan
coalition of legislators has re-formed the Senate Steel Caucus
in order to strengthen the U.S. steel industry, several
senators announced May 6.
The caucusled by
co-chairmen Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) and Jeff Sessions (R.,
Ala.) and vice chairmen Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Pat Toomey
(R., Pa.)will support the industry by encouraging fair
trade and manufacturing, the senators said.
"The mission of the caucus is to
ensure fair, lawful trade and to create a climate where private
sector growth occurs and more good-paying jobs are created,"
Sessions said. "A renaissance of American manufacturing starts
The Senate Steel Caucus had been
inactive for two years, AMM understands. The re-formed
caucus will not advocate for specific legislation and is in the
early stages of defining its aims, according to a source
familiar with the group. Its first objective will be to recruit
The senators emphasized the
importance of steel to their local economies as well as to U.S.
"The production of steel is key
to our state and national economy," Toomey said. "I appreciate
Sen. Rockefellers and Sen. Sessions efforts to help
ensure that American steel producers and the industries they
supply remain strong to boost our national security and our
The American Iron and Steel
Institute voiced its approval of the caucus in a May 7
statement, with president and chief executive officer Thomas
Gibson calling it "critical to increasing American
competitiveness and supporting policies that create jobs."