From Illinois Business Journal news services
SPRINGFIELD – Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, has filed a Senate resolution in response to U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will temporarily idle its Granite City plant. The closure of the plant will lead to the layoff of 2,080 workers.
“There is one word to describe this; catastrophic,” Haine said. “The closure of this plant would be a tragedy to the families of all these employees, as well as Granite City and the Metro East. I have reached out to Senator Durbin and Governor Rauner, and I intend on voicing my concerns to the president in an effort resolve this issue. U.S. Steel needs to stay open.”
The resolution urges the president of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods, as well as consider all possible trade and economic policies to protect the steel industry.
A copy of the resolution will be presented to the president, vice president, the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. Senate, and the speaker and minority leader of the United States House of Representatives.