White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will travel to the Iron Range next week to lead a discussion on the crisis affecting the steel industry and the broader Range economy.
McDonough, a Minnesota native, will be at the Range Community and Technical College Tuesday to discuss Iron Range layoffs with workers, mining executives, business leaders and local elected officials, according to a news release from some DFL elected officials.
The news release from Gov. Mark Dayton, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan all decried what they called illegal dumping of foreign steel, which they said is threatening the survival of the domestic iron ore and steel industry.
The industry is also suffering from a worldwide glut in steel due to a slowdown in the Chinese economy and other factors.
McDonough has been Obama's chief of staff for the entire second term and has been an Obama adviser since his time in the U.S. Senate.