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White House announces executive actions to try to prevent steel dumping


WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced new executive actions Thursday aimed at thwarting illegal foreign steel dumping into the market, which workers on the Iron Range and Minnesota politicians blame for the slowdown in the mining industry there.

The executive actions include adding more inspectors of steel imports at ports of entry and bringing on more staffers to enforce trade laws. The White House also said they will add personnel to the Commerce Department to help ensure tariffs are enforced against those who dump steel in the U.S.

The executive actions come after a visit in December from President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough to the Iron Range to hear from some of the 2,000 people who have been laid off in the past year.


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