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Full Text of SR0254  99th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The Granite City Works steel mill has operated
3since 1878; it was originally founded by brothers William and
4Frederick Niedringhaus as the Granite Iron Rolling Mills, and
5most recently, owned by United States Steel Corporation; and
6    WHEREAS, The Granite City Works has been an industry leader
7in sheet steel products for customers in the construction,
8container, piping and tubing, service center, and automotive
9industries; and
10    WHEREAS, Granite City Works has an annual raw steelmaking
11capability of 2.8 million net tons; and
12    WHEREAS, Global influences in the market such as reduced
13steel prices, unfair trade practices, imports, and fluctuating
14oil prices, continue to have a dramatic negative impact on the
15steel production industry; and
16    WHEREAS, Domestic steelmakers continue to lose substantial
17sales to foreign countries, particularly China and South Korea,
18which have "dumped" their steel products into the United States
19market at prices below fair market value; and
20    WHEREAS, Due to these disruptions in the steel market, on



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1March 25, 2015, United States Steel Corporation announced that
2it will temporarily idle the Granite City mill and lay off
32,080 steel workers by or after May 28, 2015; and
4    WHEREAS, Granite City Works is a vital part of the
5Metro-East economy, and the loss of this mill would be
6devastating to thousands of families and the financial
7well-being of the entire region; therefore, be it
9ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the President
10of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff
11policy on steel goods and take action similar to the 2002
12actions of President George W. Bush and Congress; and be it
14    RESOLVED, That we urge the President of the United States
15and Congress to consider all possible trade and economic
16policies to protect this vital American industry and minimize
17the financial impact on these hardworking men and women; and be
18it further
19    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
20presented to the President and Vice-President of the United
21States, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States
22Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United



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1States House of Representatives.