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

Seafood. The Seafood Safety Standards Act (H.R. 8732, introduced Aug. 19 by Rep. Higgins, R-La.) would (1) prohibit the import of foreign seafood that fails to meet U.S. standards for seafood manufacturing, processing, and holding, (2) establish a program for foreign seafood inspection, and (3) impose penalties for importers and countries that routinely violate U.S laws. A press release from Higgins’ office said that “foreign bad actors often use illegal additives while relying on enslaved workers to harvest seafood.”

Firearms. The Firearm Industry Fairness Act (H.R. 8741, introduced Aug. 23 by Rep. Maloney, D-N.Y.) would tax importers and manufacturers of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines at an annual rate of 20 percent of total revenue realized from all sales and use these revenues to fund community violence intervention programs to reduce gun violence and help victims. The Firearm Industry Crime and Trafficking Accountability Act (H.R. 8740, introduced Aug. 23 by Rep. Maloney) would establish controls on firearms manufacturers and importers.

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