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

CBP. H.R. 4482 (introduced Sept. 24 by Rep. Vela, D-Texas) would increase the number of agriculture specialists and support staff in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field   Operations.

Tariffs. S. 2551 (introduced Sept. 26 by Sen. Cotton, R-Ark.) would establish the Tariff Rebate Program to disburse annual revenues from Section 201, 232, and 301 tariffs to U.S. citizens or legal residents filing in the three lowest tax brackets. Cotton noted that as of Sept. 19 CBP has assessed more than $1.08 billion in Section 201 tariffs on washing machines and solar cells, $6.23 billion in Section 232 tariffs on steel products, $1.77 billion in Section 232 tariffs on aluminum products, and $29.81 billion in Section 301 tariffs on imported goods from China.

Wildlife Imports. S. 2562 (introduced Sept. 26 by Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn.) would prohibit the importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, and purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, or in a manner substantially affecting interstate or foreign commerce, of any live animal of any prohibited wildlife species.

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