WASHINGTON DC (September 10, 2020) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst (both R-IA) today sent a letter to the US Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting that he lift Section 232 tariffs on any steel that will be used in Iowa’s recovery from the derecho, especially for steel that can be used for rebuilding grain bins and machine sheds.
“In the wake of this catastrophe, opportunists are offering extremely high estimates to Iowans for the steel they need to rebuild their homes, farms, businesses, and communities. A number of farmers have told us that the increased prices for steel would collectively add hundreds of millions of dollars in costs for them. This can’t happen,” the senators wrote.
“Iowans are a tough and resilient people. They have built back before — and they will do so again. But there is no reason to make it any harder than it needs to be. You have the power to help Iowans quickly and effectively. In fact, your staff has often said that one reason they need broad authority under the current Section 232 law is to have the flexibility in case of an emergency. Well, there’s clearly one now. We, and other Members of Congress, will be watching your response closely. We expect you to rise to the task.”
In early August, a historic derecho storm swept across the state of Iowa damaging farms, homes, businesses, and local infrastructure. Sens Grassley and Ernst surveyed the damage and met with farmers, families, local businesses, and non-profits.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.