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."
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.