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Legislative Update: Product Safety, Agency Nominations, Wine Tariffs

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Product Safety. The Safe Sleep for Babies Act (S. 1767, introduced June 10 by Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn., and H.R. 3172, introduced June 10 by Rep. Cardenas, D-Calif.) would prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation of inclined sleepers with an inclined surface of greater than ten degrees that are intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for infants up to one year old.

The Safe Cribs Act (S. 1816, introduced June 13 by Sen. Duckworth, D-Ill., and H.R. 3170, introduced June 10 by Rep. Schakowsky, D-Ill.) would prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation of any crib bumper.

Agency Nominations. On June 11 the Senate Finance Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Amy Karpel and Randolph Stayin to be members of the International Trade Commission.

Wine Tariffs. A bicameral group of lawmakers recently called on the Trump administration to ensure that any new trade agreements with China or Japan remove tariffs on U.S. wine. According to a press release from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., tariffs on U.S. wine sold in China rose from 14 percent in March 2018 to 54 percent in June 2019, while the tariff on U.S. wine sold in Japan is 15 percent. Foreign competitors in both countries face either no or significantly lower tariffs, the press release states.

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