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FTAs. S. 4450 (introduced June 22 by Sens. Portman, R-Ohio, and Coons, D-Del.) would provide the president with authority to enter into a comprehensive trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

Exports. The Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Surveillance Act (S. 4495, introduced June 23 by Sen. Wyden, D-Ore.) would require export controls with respect to certain personal data of U.S. nationals and individuals in the U.S. Specifically, this bill would direct the Department of Commerce to (1) identify categories of personal data that, if exported, could harm U.S. national security, (2) compile a list of low-risk countries for which exports will be unrestricted, and (3) require licenses for bulk exports of the identified categories of personal data to other countries, with exports to high-risk countries to be presumptively denied. The bill would also apply export control penalties to senior executives who knew or should have known that employees below them were directed to illegally export Americans’ personal data.

Imports. The Affordable and Accessible Infant Formula Act (H.R. 8174, introduced June 22 by Rep. Blumenauer, D-Ore.) would provide for the duty-free importation of certain infant formula products until Nov. 14, 2022.

The Magnet Injury Prevention Act (S. 4479, introduced June 23 by Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn., and H.R. 8199, introduced June 23 by Rep. Cardenas, D-Calif.) would ban certain small, high-powered magnets. This ban would apply to individual or sets of separable magnets that are designed, marketed, or intended to be used for entertainment, jewelry, mental stimulation, stress relief, or a combination of these and is or contains any magnet with a flux index of 50 kG2 mm2 or greater. The bill also directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a final product safety standard for magnets with a flux index of below 50kG2 mm2 but above 20 kG2 mm2 if deemed necessary.

CBP. S. 4460 (introduced June 23 by Sen. Scott, R-Fla.) would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to regularly review and update policies and manuals related to inspections at ports of entry.

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