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China. The U.S. Citrus Protection Act (H.R. 2536, introduced April 6 by Rep. Steube, R-Fla.) would prohibit imports of commercially-produced fresh citrus fruit from China.

Foreign taxes. H.Res.268 (introduced March 30 by Reps. Kildee, D-Mich., and Estes, R-Kan.) condemns digital services taxes imposed or considered by foreign countries for discriminating against U.S. digital firms. A joint press release said past investigations by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have determined that several countries' DSTs unfairly levied taxes against U.S. companies and noted inconsistencies with established international tax principles.

Africa. H.Res.261 (introduced March 30 by Rep. Kamlager-Dove, D-Calif.) affirms the significance of the African Union as a strategic international partner to the U.S. and expresses strong support for partnerships that cultivate intra-African trade. "Vital to unleashing the full potential of the U.S.-Africa relationship is bolstering trade and investment both among African nations and with the United States,” Kamlager-Dove said. “The landmark African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is poised to create the world's largest free trade area and would lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty. The biggest gains will go to women, young people, and unskilled workers whose economic participation and incomes would increase the most. This resolution reinforces the U.S. commitment to the U.S.-African Union partnership and affirms that investing in Africa's future is investing in our own security and prosperity.”

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