Gillibrand Calls For Action Against Unfair Chinese Trade Practices

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- There's a push tonight for tighter trade controls against China. It could have major implications on manufacturing jobs here in western New York. With large industrial machines as a back drop...United States Senator Kristen Gillibrand calls on President Obama to take action against what she calls harmful Chinese trade practices.

"Bottom line...they are gaming the system and it has to stop, because it's holding back our manufacturers right here in Buffalo and all across New York State," Gillibrand said. "It's not that we are just competing against the Chinese manufacturers and losing...it's the Chinese government that is really putting a hurting on U.S. jobs," added John Hoskins Jr., Executive Vice President of Curtis Screw Company.

The Senator's news conference took place at Curtis Screw Company In Buffalo...one of hundreds of U.S. manufactures who supply products to larger companies that produce things like automobiles and appliances. "We have brought work back from competitors in Mexico and China. Where we have competed against them and brought programs back to the United States, based on our quality record and based on our cost," Hoskins said.

The proposed legislation, in Congress now, will give the Department of Commerce more power to impose tariffs. "We all want to see made in America. We want to see made in America right here in Buffalo. We want to see made in America all across our nation. So, what we have to do is make sure that the playing field on which we are asking our manufacturers to compete is level," Senator Gillibrand added.

"We can't compete with unfair trade practices. Where those exist, we do need the help of the government," remarked Ben Rand, president of Insyte Consulting. One study says, that in the last 10 years, China has spent 27 billion dollars subsidizing its auto parts industry .