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

China. S. 2545 (introduced July 26 by Sen. Hassan, D-N.H.) would require the U.S. Trade Representative to regularly monitor industrial subsidies provided by the government of China and submit a report on the risks posed by those subsidies.

The Stopping Genetic Monitoring by China Act (S. 2551, introduced July 26 by Sen. Rubio, R-Fla.) would impose export controls and sanctions to address the security threat posed by the genetic mapping efforts of the government of China and other countries. Among other things, this bill would add genetic sampling and testing kits, analytical technology, and software, to the Commerce Control List.

Hong Kong. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations amended and reported July 25 the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Certification Act (S. 490), which would require the president to annually certify whether HKETOs in the U.S. merit the extension of the privileges, exemptions, and immunities they currently maintain. If no, the HKETOs would have to terminate their operations within six months; if yes, Congress would have the authority to offer a disapproval resolution that, if adopted, would force the administration to revoke these privileges.

Export controls. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs amended and reported July 26 the Vessel Tracking for Sanctions Enforcement Act (S. 2248, introduced July 11 by Sen. Hassan, D-N.H.), which would require (1) a pilot program on the use of big data analytics to identify vessels evading sanctions and export controls and (2) a report on the availability in the U.S. of emerging and foundational technologies subject to export controls.

Imports. H.R. 4922 (introduced July 26 by Rep. Luna, R-Fla.) would enhance protections against the importation and transport between states of injurious species.

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J. Nicole Bivens Collinson
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