CHICAGO Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have established a bipartisan Congressional Aluminum Caucus to represent the interests of an industry that contributes $32 billion and nearly 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy, the Aluminum Association said Aug. 1.
The caucus will be led by Reps. Larry Bucshon (R., Ind.), Suzan DelBene (D., Wash.), Bill Johnson (R., Ohio) and Bill Owens (D., N.Y.), and will educate lawmakers and community leaders about the industry, the association said. It is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the aluminum industry, a spokesman for the Aluminum Association told AMM on Aug. 1.
"Today, we are establishing an unprecedented, continuous conversation in Washington about the benefits of aluminum and its vital role in our economy," Johnson said in a statement, noting that aluminum industry contributes 8,000 direct jobs and 22,000 indirect jobs in Ohio alone. "It has certainly proven that it is a sector that deserves great attention from Congress."
The Aluminum Association cheered the move. "The Congressional Aluminum Caucus co-sponsors are standing up for their constituencies to ensure theres a sensible legislative environment our industry can operate in," Heidi Brock, president of the Arlington, Va.-based association, said in a statement.