Legislative Update: Trade Agreements, GSP Eligibility
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Trade agreements. S. 3978 (introduced June 17 by Sen. Loeffler, R-Ga.) would require the U.S. trade representative to submit a report on plans to facilitate the full implementation of World Trade Organization agreements.
S. 4008 (introduced June 18 by Sen. Casey, D-Pa.) would amend the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to require that any trade agreement subject to expedited procedures under that act contain certain requirements relating to the origination of goods in nonmarket economy countries.
GSP. The Women’s Economic Empowerment in Trade Act (S. 4007, introduced June 18 by Sen. Casey, D-Pa.) would add eligibility criteria to the Generalized System of Preferences on women’s rights and equal protection under the law, gross violations of human rights, non-discrimination, and violence and harassment in the workplace. This bill would also (1) strengthen GSP standards to ensure beneficiary countries adhere to program commitments and provide more tools to bring complaints and encourage changes, (2) establish a supplemental review mechanism to ensure beneficiary countries’ laws align with their commitments under GSP, and (3) encourage the adoption of data collection measures to aid country evaluations and outcomes.