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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 2:42 p.m.

The Navy could help steelmakers add and keep jobs by pledging to use American-made steel in new ships. That's the message the Congressional Steel Caucus said Friday it delivered to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, asking him to clarify future shipbuilding plans.

“Our Navy's ability to protect our shores and promote global peace depends on a robust domestic steel industry capable of producing the millions of tons needed by all branches of the armed forces,” said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, caucus chairman.

One aircraft carrier requires $265 million worth of American steel, for example, the letter said. The steel supply chain supports more than 930,000 jobs, from coal miners to fabricators, and contributes $17.5 billion to the nation's gross domestic product.

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