VIRGINIA — Amy Klobuchar spent time Friday in Virginia listening to the frustrations, anger and concerns of steelworkers, some of whom will be laid off at Minntac on June 1.

The Democratic Minnesota senior U.S. senator had plenty of the same emotions in her voice as she talked about the need for bipartisan urgency to enact quick legislation in Washington to help combat illegally subsidized steel imports.

“The best-case scenario would be to get a group of Republican senators to join with us to get something done in about a month and a half,” Sen. Klobuchar said in a telephone interview following her meeting with Iron Range miners.

Illegal steel imports have flooded the U.S., and, combined with a strong dollar, low taconite prices and a glutted marketplace, have forced more than 1,150 layoffs to be scheduled at Iron Range taconite plants.

But the problems are far from isolated to the Range. U.S. Steel, which recently announced an idling of its Keetac plant in Keewatin, leaving 412 jobless, and 700 layoffs at the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, has been closing plants and laying off workers for months.

Klobuchar is working across the political aisle with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and others on the issue.

Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith met at the White House two weeks ago with top trade officials of President Barack Obama’s administration.

The senator said one step could be a temporary tariff on foreign steel, such as the one that was imposed by former President George W. Bush in 2001 when illegal steel imports created havoc in the nation.

She also said Homeland Security could put more inspectors on site where the illegal steel is entering the country.

“We could get a lot of bang for the buck ... about $2 million,” Klobuchar said she was told.

The senator also said the president needs to do more by advocating to get more inspectors as part of a package.

What about Obama using his presidential power to sign an executive order on illegal steel imports?

Sen. Klobuchar said she has been told the president could not legally ink such an order.

Over the past two years, however, the president has often said that a couple years ago he didn’t have the authority to sign an executive order on immigration. Yet in November 2014 he signed orders on illegal immigration.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Obama’s action.