Biden promises Pittsburgh workers tariffs on China will protect union jobs

PITTSBURGH — President Joe Biden assured steel union members in Pennsylvania on Wednesday of his unwavering support, announcing increased tariffs and protections for domestic manufacturing in the lead-up to the swing state’s primary for the 2024 election season.

“The backbone of America has a steel spine,” Biden said. “We’re investing in American workers again.”

Biden stopped in Pittsburgh to speak to an invitation-only crowd at the United Steelworkers headquarters downtown, calling on U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to triple existing tariffs on steel and aluminum from China.

“The Chinese government has poured state money into Chinese steel companies, pushing them to make so much steel as possible, subsidized by the Chinese government,” Biden said. “They’re not competing. They’re cheap. They’re cheap, and we’ve seen the damage here in America.”

Biden also said his administration would begin investigating
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