WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation urged President Clinton on Friday to investigate steel imports.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, Sen. Paul Wellstone and Sen.-elect Mark Dayton asked Clinton to initiate a Section 201 investigation, which allows his administration to restrict steel imports if the U.S. International Trade Commission determines the domestic industry is being harmed.
The request came just days after the LTV Steel Mining Co. announced it would close its Hoyt Lakes facility several months earlier than expected, and amid news that the National Steel Pellet Co. in Keewatin is laying off 22 employees.
Government officials are to meet Monday at the White House to discuss the possibility of a Section 201 case.
To date, the administration has resisted this action, pursuing instead a country-by-country approach that has led to antidumping tariffs being imposed against several nations and negotiated agreements with other countries to reduce shipments.
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