This week, ISRI staff continued outreach to the Trump Administration and key members of Congress to gain support for working with China to maintain open trade.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is concerned about the impact on jobs if the rumors of a potential import ban in China come true.
At a weekend event in Des Moines with the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, both Iowa Senators (Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley) expressed their support for our industry and pledged to help us with the situation. Iowa's new Governor, Kim Reynolds, was also supportive; she succeeds the longest serving governor in U.S. history, Terry Branstad, who was recently confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. As Governor, Mr. Branstad was crucial in ensuring agricultural and other products found markets abroad, especially in China where he has a long-standing relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And staff has held prerequisite meetings with key Congressional trade staff to enlist their help in raising with trade committee leadership in the coming days.
We are also working to confirm meetings with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury. This outreach is imperative to ensuring there are open and free markets for scrap.
In a separate initiative, ISRI staff is also reaching out to trade staff within the European Commission to advise on the rumors of a potential import ban and the impact on global scrap trade.
For more information on our outreach efforts, please contact either Billy Johnson or Adina Renee Adler.