Bush Rejects Quotas on Chinese Steel Pipe
President Bush denied a request to place quotas on steel pipe imported from China, saying the cost to American consumers would outweigh the benefit to domestic producers.
U.S. pipe makers and a labor group condemned the decision. They had sought quotas on certain kinds of steel pipe used primarily in construction. They said a surge in imports from China was disrupting markets.
The U.S. International Trade Commission had backed the request, but Bush rejected its recommendation.
From Associated Press
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