President Trump already is months late on delivering a key promise to America's working class – and now he is facing a crucial deadline that even he cannot ignore.
Trump pledged to act on the findings of national security investigations into surging steel and aluminum imports by July 1, 2017. But that deadline came and went with no action.
Meanwhile, importers rushed product into the market to get ahead of the investigations. Steel imports were up 17.5 percent last year. Three steel plants recently laid off hundreds of workers, adding to the tens of thousands of Americans who have faced layoffs because of the ongoing imports crisis.
Trump's inaction has made things worse.
The Commerce Department delivered the findings of its steel imports investigation to Trump on Jan. 11. The president now has 90 days from the time he received the report to safeguard American-made steel.
This isn't a partisan issue. It is about safeguarding national security and American middle class jobs. Enough is enough: Tell Trump to get the job done.
For more than nine months, steel and aluminum workers across America have been anxiously waiting for your administration to issue the findings and recommendations of critical Section 232 national security investigations into steel and aluminum imports.
Foreign importers have been flooding their product into the market, leading to plant closures and layoffs. This threatens our national security, as we need American-made steel and aluminum to equip our military and build our critical infrastructure.
Steel imports alone increased by 17.5 percent in 2017 and hundreds more workers were laid off in Pennsylvania and Kentucky in recent months.
The time for action is now. Please act to safeguard our national security and stand up for America's working class.
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