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U.S. to check asbestos in brake product imports

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WASHINGTON (June 10, 2014) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 29 to approve an appropriations bill that includes a provision ordering the Commerce Department to investigate imports of brake products containing asbestos.

The Commerce, Science, Justice and Related Agencies appropriations package for fiscal year 2015 passed 321-87, according to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) which, along with the Brake Manufacturers Council and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, supported the brake products provision. The groups called its passage a major victory for their members.

Commerce’s International Trade Administration must complete its investigation and submit its report to Congress within 120 days, according to the provision.

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Are you paying attention to the ups-and-downs of the stock market?

Yes, I invest in the market
64%
(63 votes)
Yes, but I mostly keep an eye on just my company's stock
3%
(3 votes)
No, it makes me nauseous
16%
(16 votes)
I’m glad I don't invest in the market; I would have lost my shirt
17%
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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78