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Senators Urge ITC to Give Softwood Lumber Industry Some Relief
A slate of senators headed to the International Trade Commission this morning to make their voices heard in a long-simmering trade case involving imports of softwood lumber from Canada, which domestic producers argue is hurting U.S. industry and contributing to a loss of American jobs. Sen. Ron Wyden, whose home state of Oregon is a major lumber producer, will urge the panel to issue an affirmative recommendation in the case. 
 
"Bottom line, it is critical that this Commission tackle the impacts of unfair trade on U.S. industries, including the lumber industry — not just when companies are on the verge of bankruptcy, not just in down markets, but whenever the evidence demonstrates that companies are harmed by unfairly traded imports," Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. "American timber producers and millworkers deserve nothing less."
 
Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) will join Wyden in testifying before the panel. Tester, citing stories he's heard from his constituents, will urge the ITC to "immediately deploy" U.S. trade enforcement tools, warning that "our mills and our economy simply cannot afford to wait any longer."

 

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