Background

For more information on pursuing trade policy interests through the legislative process, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

Made in America. The Made in America Act (introduced April 13 by Sens. Baldwin, D-Wis., and Braun, R-Ind.) would (1) identify federal programs that provide funding or financial assistance to infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America requirements, (2) require that all steel, iron, manufactured products, non-ferrous metals, plastic, concrete and aggregates, glass (including optical glass in broadband), lumber, and drywall used in these programs to be produced in the U.S., (3) require that all of the manufacturing processes used in making the material be completed in the U.S. to qualify as “American made” and (4) require the Department of Commerce to consider how many U.S. jobs are created when setting its “American made” standards.

Tariffs. H.R. 2618 (introduced April 16 by Rep. Davidson, R-Ohio) would provide for congressional review of the imposition of duties and other trade measures by the executive branch.

Trade Remedies. The Eliminating Global Market Distortions to Protect American Jobs Act (introduced April 16 by Sens. Portman, R-Ohio, and Brown, D-Ohio) would strengthen trade remedy laws by (1) establishing the new concept of successive investigations to respond to “repeat offenders and serial cheaters,” (2) allowing U.S. industries to seek expedited relief for import surges from countries other than those targeted by previous trade remedies, (3) addressing government subsidization of manufacturers in third-country markets, (4) clarifying the “normal value of a sale” to ensure the Commerce Department can act to prevent foreign exporters from distorting their sales to circumvent antidumping investigations, (5) allowing the DOC to require importers to provide at entry a certification that the imported article is not subject to an AD or CV duty order, and (6) requiring the DOC to investigate allegations of currency undervaluation when they meet the criteria for investigation under the existing CV duty law.

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