Rep. Richmond Sends Letter to Labor Secretary Amid Bayou Steel Shutdown

October 1, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement announcing a letter urging prompt action on the State of Louisiana’s Trade Adjustment Assistance’s application in response to the recent shutdown of Bayou Steel Group in LaPlace, Louisiana:

“After yesterday’s devastating news announcing the permanent closing of Bayou Steel, I did not hesitate to act,” said Rep. Richmond. “The hardworking employees of Bayou Steel deserve to be rewarded for their work. Instead, their lives have been forever changed as a result of President Trump’s short-sighted trade policies wreaking havoc all over the country.

“Whether it is steel or soybeans, communities in my district and all throughout Louisiana depend on a robust international trade market. Unfortunately, the president has doubled down on destructive tariffs that greatly harm industries and consumers alike.

“While some farmers have already received billions of bailout dollars for their financial losses, those who worked tirelessly at Bayou Steel are left with nothing at all. That is why I sent a letter today to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Scalia urging timely consideration of the State of Louisiana’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program application.

“Given the urgency of this matter, it is my hope that Secretary Scalia makes a prompt determination to ensure that everyone affected by this shutdown receives timely assistance.”

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