A group of city and county officials from North-eastern steel production states vowed here today to begin knocking on White House and Capitol Hill doors in a push for swift government action to buoy the foundering steel industry.
Already miffed because they have been left out of the Carter administration's steel task force, the Steel Communities Coalition covered its first general membership meeting to make its voice heard by those developing a national steel policy.
Sixty local officials from Gary, Ind., to Philadelphia passed a series of resolutions to "forcefully remind" Carter and Congress of the importance of a broad-based steel policy encompassing a quota system on imported steel.
Edward Regan, Erie County, N.Y., executive and a coalition leader, said the President's task force seems more interested in providing relief for laid off workers than saving their jobs.
The coalition favors a policy emphasizing government protections for industry and more incentives for growth. It also resolved to pressure Congress, to "make more flexible" proposed amendments to the Water Pollution Control Act to lengthen its timetable for installation of antipollution devised.
The amendments now are before the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation.
The coalition also employed the services of the Rev. William Hogan, a priest and professor of economics at Fordham University who is a recognized steel industry expert. Father Hogan promised to develop a position paper for the coalition in the next few weeks.