- Published: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 04:13 PM
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Senate was joined by steelworkers today as they passed Senator Haine’s (D-Alton) Senate resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.
In March U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of over 2,000 employees.
“The United States steel industry is suffering as a whole right now. I am asking the President and Congress to carefully review the national tariff policy on steel goods. Steel has been an integral part of our country and we must not let foreign imports trump U.S. - made steel,” said Haine. “The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations and is a key employer in the region. Seeing it close would be catastrophic and would have devastating effects to the families of all those employed there, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East.”
The resolution passed the Senate today and a copy will be presented to the President of the United States, vice-president, the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Excerpt from Senator Haine’s impassioned floor speech on May 5 discussing Senate Resolution 254: