Statement on Lifting of Steel Tariffs

Dallas, TX, December 4, 2003

DALLAS-Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., today issued the following statement in response to the Bush Administration's announcement that it will rescind tariffs it imposed last year on imported steel:

“Despite what President Bush may claim, the steel industry needs additional breathing room to get back on its feet. But the tariffs are a short term solution to a larger problem - this Administration's broken trade policy. Our trade agreements need to benefit workers, not just big multinational corporations.

“The President's decision to lift the steel tariffs early is just another example of this Administration playing politics with peoples' lives. When he imposed the tariffs, the President's rhetoric suggested that he actually cared about American steelworkers, their families, and the communities in which they live. If that were the case, he would not be lifting them today,” said Governor Dean.

Governor Dean believes that we should be protecting American jobs by making trade fair; that we need tougher labor and environmental rights in our trade agreements; that we need to enforce vigorously the terms of existing trade agreements so that American workers, farmers, and businesses get the benefits that we bargained for; and that we must promote laws that encourage companies to create jobs in the US, not laws that encourage companies to move jobs overseas.

“When done fairly, trade can ensure the continued growth and health of the American economy and the creation and strengthening of the middle class throughout the developing world.”

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