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Rubio Joins Rounds, Manchin, and Colleagues in Urging ITC Chairman to Take Action Against Illegal Chinese Trade Practices
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in urging International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman David Johanson to take action against illegal Chinese trade practices that have unfairly harmed the American kitchen cabinet industry. It has been estimated that the American cabinet industry has suffered as much as $4 billion in harm as a result of China’s unfair trading practices.
“American manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, which collectively employ more than 250,000 Americans, have been suffering the impact of illegal Chinese dumping on American markets,” the senators wrote. “Some estimates have found that the American cabinet industry has suffered as much as $4 billion in harm as a result of China’s unfair trade practices. Furthermore, the dumping margins of some of these products have exceeded 200 percent. When foreign countries are allowed to take these actions, workers and their families right here at home are harmed.”
Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Roy Blunt (R-MT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Josh Hawley (R-MT), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tim Kaine (D-VA.), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) also signed the letter.
The full text of the letter is below.
Dear Chairman Johanson,
We write in regards to the challenges facing the kitchen cabinet industry in the United States. American manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, which collectively employ more than 250,000 Americans, have been suffering the impact of illegal Chinese dumping on American markets.
Some estimates have found that the American cabinet industry has suffered as much as $4 billion in harm as a result of China’s unfair trade practices. Furthermore, the dumping margins of some of these products have exceeded 200 percent.
When foreign countries are allowed to take these actions, workers and their families right here at home are harmed. Data from the International Trade Commission’s preliminary investigation into Chinese cabinet dumping found that the domestic cabinet industry pays an hourly wage of $17.20. Workers who hold these jobs are able to make meaningful contributions to communities large and small across our country. The loss of a kitchen cabinet manufacturer has an outsized impact in small-town America, which is already struggling with a weakened farm economy.
Without action, Chinese cabinet imports – which are up more than 75 percent since 2015 – are bound to continue increasing. The Commission’s unanimous agreement at the affirmative preliminary injury vote this past April underscores the gravity of the situation.
We appreciate the Commission’s work on this issue and encourage the Commission to fairly enforce our trade laws.