THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Aviano, Italy) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 22, 1999
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today's vote is a reaffirmation of America's commitment to open markets, to a strong US economy and to vigorous enforcement of our trade laws. The surge in steel imports has created significant hardship for many steelworkers and communities. But quota legislation was the wrong approach and would have weakened our economy and undermined our ability to tear down unfair trade barriers in foreign countries that hurt our workers, farmers and companies. We must and will continue vigorous enforcement of our trade laws. Our actions have already cut imports to pre-crisis levels. I will continue to work with workers, industry, and members of Congress to attack unfair trade practices and subsidies around the world.