Byrd still fighting unfair trade

Good to know someone still believes in the Byrd amendment … good old Byrd himself …

The Charleston Gazette

Sens. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., and Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, are leading an effort to stop a move they say would make it easier for foreign companies to illegally dump products, including steel, on U.S. markets.

DeWine and Byrd are leading a bipartisan coalition in the Senate to defend the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Act, often called the Byrd Amendment.

“This law continues to play a very important role in defending American companies from the injuries that unfair trade causes to American workers. Repealing this legislation would be a grievous mistake,� DeWine said during a Senate floor debate on Wednesday.

Byrd said the amendment “breathed new hope into American manufacturing industries and farm and fishing industries.�

“The United States Congress must not abandon working families,� he said. “We must stand with them. We must fight for them.�

DeWine and Byrd both said the U.S. Constitution does not permit any international organization to tell Congress how to distribute funds from the U.S. Treasury.

Byrd said the Bush administration has failed to address import controversies in ongoing WTO trade talks, which are continuing in Hong Kong this week.

“The United States must not balance bad international trade decisions on the backs of American workers,� Byrd said.

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