Senator McConnell's Accomplishments - Cardinal Aluminum

Problem:  

In January 2012, employees at Cardinal Aluminum, Profile Extrusion Company and NewPage Corporation, all with significant operations in Kentucky, contacted Senator McConnell’s office with their concerns about a December 2011 court decision that made it more difficult for goods produced by American manufacturers to compete against government subsidized products from foreign countries.

On December 19, 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the U.S. government did not have the authority to impose countervailing duties (CVDs)—which aim to offset foreign government subsidization of imported goods—on goods from nonmarket economies. The ability of the U.S. government to impose CVDs is critical for American businesses to be able to compete against their foreign competitors that receive an unfair advantage when their products are subsidized by foreign governments.

Steps taken by Senator McConnell:  

On February 29, 2012, Senator McConnell, along with a bipartisan group of ten Senators, introduced legislation that would allow the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to impose CVDs on products from nonmarket economies. The day the legislation was introduced, Senator McConnell issued a statement urging his Senate colleagues to support the measure.

Number of jobs protected:

This legislation--which was signed into law--helped protect over 1,150 jobs at a dozen Kentucky businesses that would have otherwise been negatively affected had no action been taken. Kentucky businesses that were positively impacted were: Cardinal Aluminum, Profile Extrusion Company, NewPage, Brazeway, Fisher, Felker Brothers, TMK IPSCO, Southeast Tube, Bluegrass (lightweight thermal paper), Armstrong World Industries, Bekaert Corporation, and Accuride Wheels.

Acknowledgements:

Chip Edwards, President and CEO of Cardinal Aluminum, said, “The future of our employees was at risk because of these unfair trading practices, and I appreciate Sen. McConnell for helping make this a top priority and championing this measure through Congress.”

“On behalf of NewPage and our employees at the Wickliffe mill, we appreciate the significant leadership role that Senator McConnell has taken in the passage of the legislation that will directly support our industry,” said George Martin, president and CEO of NewPage. “McConnell’s actions ensure that the countervailing duty law applies to non-market economy counties like China.”

Rand Baldwin, the President of the Aluminum Extruders Council wrote a letter to Senator McConnell thanking him for his “leadership and public support of S.2153, an extremely important bill that preserves the level playing field needed for U.S. manufacturers to compete and win against foreign competition.” 

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