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

Buy American. The Make It In America Act (S. 363, introduced Feb. 23 by Sen. Stabenow, D-Mich.) would strengthen Buy American laws by (1) increasing the requirement for U.S.-made content from 50 to 75 percent, (2) prohibiting the use of the public interest waiver if a foreign contract would decrease U.S. employment, (3) requiring that each waiver be publicly posted online with detailed justifications, (4) creating a new Made in America Office within the Office of Management and Budget charged with reviewing waivers and ensuring compliance with other Buy American laws, and (5) giving small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers the first opportunity to provide products for federally-funded transportation projects.

Origin Disclosure. H.R. 1386 (introduced Feb. 25 by Rep. Van Drew, R-N.J.) would require retailers that offer products for purchase through a website to disclose on such website the country of origin for each product offered for sale.

Trade Policy. The Network Security Trade Act (S. 402, introduced Feb. 24 by Sen. Thune, R-S.D.) would amend the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to include a trade negotiating objective relating to addressing barriers to the security of communications networks and supply chains and unfair trade practices of state-owned or state-controlled communications equipment suppliers.

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