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For more information on pursuing trade policy interests through the legislative process, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson.

Duty-Free Treatment. H.R. 8773 (introduced Nov. 18 by Rep. Guthrie, R-Ky.) would amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. to provide for permanent duty-free treatment on imports of basketballs.

Exports. The Building Rural Investments, Development, and Growth for the Economy Act (H.R. 8804, introduced Nov. 20 by Rep. Miller, R-W.V.) would direct the departments of Commerce and State to promote the export of goods from rural regions, with a focus on small businesses, and to facilitate foreign investments into U.S. rural communities.

Foreign Supply Chains. The Building Back American Manufacturing Act (H.R. 8785, introduced Nov. 19 by Rep. Finkenauer, D-Iowa) would create a council of heads of key government departments and representatives from industry, labor, research institutions, and state and local governments that would be tasked with (1) developing policies to reduce dependency on foreign manufacturers and supply chains, (2) assessing the production of critical supplies and the sourcing of their materials, (3) assessing the effectiveness of current federal policies that support and incentivize domestic manufacturing, (4) developing plans on how to ensure readiness in the event of future global supply chain disruptions, (5) strengthening existing policies like Buy America laws, (6) studying ways to increase demand for U.S.-made products, and (7) determining future workforce needs and new investments in high-skilled U.S. workers to support increased domestic production.

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