FIRST REGULAR SESSION

House Concurrent Resolution No. 26

91ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY



2137L.01I

Whereas, the current crisis in the domestic steel industry which began in 1997 has led fourteen steel companies to file for bankruptcy, and now has led to the bankruptcy of GS Industries and the announced closure of GST Steel in Kansas City which will cause job losses at GST and for vendors around the state resulting in hardship in those communities across the state of Missouri; and



Whereas, this crisis has been generated by surges in United States imports of steel, both from countries whose currencies have depreciated and from steel-producing countries that are no longer able to export steel to the countries in economic crisis; and



Whereas, foreign government trade restrictions and private restraints of trade distort international trade and investment patterns, resulting in burdens on United States commerce, including absorption of a disproportionate share of diverted steel trade, which ultimately have a detrimental affect on this state's economy; and



Whereas, a well-recognized need exists for improvements in the enforcement of United States trade laws to provide an effective response to these situations:



Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-first General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby request the President of the United States to commence immediate action to determine the entry into the customs territory of the United States of all steel products that are the product of or manufactured in Australia, China, South Africa, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil to determine whether the governments of these countries are abiding by the spirit and letter of international trade agreements with respect to imports of steel products into the United States, and to take all actions necessary to enforce applicable trade agreements and laws of the United States pertaining to steel imports; and



Be it further resolved that the Missouri General Assembly requests the President of the United States to immediately impose a one-year embargo on imports of all steel products of or manufactured in Australia, China, South Africa, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil if the President finds that the governments of these countries are not abiding by the spirit and letter of international trade agreements with respect to imports of steel products into the United States; and



Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the President of the United States and each member of the Missouri congressional delegation.



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