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Senator Says U.S. Steel Must Not Be Acquired by Foreign Firm

Written by Ethan Bernard

US Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) said U.S. Steel must not be bought by a foreign bidder, according to an op-ed he published on Sept. 5 in the Washington Post.

“The board of U.S. Steel must reject any bid from a foreign acquirer. If the courts attempt to block them, then Congress should intervene,” he said.

“We must ensure that corporate transactions such as the sale of U.S. Steel advance our nation’s power and prosperity,” he added.

Vance said that the “risks of a foreign acquisition are especially palpable.”

He noted that the Biden administration has left in place President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs on steel imports, “recognizing that the preservation of the domestic steel industry remains vital to our national security.”

“Regardless of a foreign buyer’s motives, the foreign ownership of assets of such national importance could jeopardize our security. It’s why foreign acquisition of U.S. Steel now faces bipartisan opposition,” Vance said.

Last month, the senator sent a letter to U.S. Steel, asking them to rule out a foreign bidder, according to a report in Reuters.

The full text of the op-ed is available on the senator’s website.

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