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

China. The Stop China’s Financing of Russia’s Invasion Act (H.R. 7114, introduced March 17 by Rep. Budd, R-N.C.) would impose retaliatory tariffs on imports of Chinese agricultural goods in response to Beijing financially supporting Russia through increased purchases of Russian agricultural products during Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The Protecting Our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from China Act (H.R. 7121, introduced March 17 by Rep. Gallagher, R-Wis.) would (1) track active pharmaceutical ingredients through a Food and Drug Administration registry, (2) prohibit pharmaceutical purchases from China or products with APIs created in China, (3) institute a country-of-origin label for all imported drugs, and (4) provide economic incentives for manufacturing drugs and medical equipment in the U.S.

Russia. The House of Representatives approved March 17 by a 424-8 vote H.R. 7108, which would (1) authorize the president to suspend normal trade relations status for goods imported from Russia and Belarus through Jan. 1, 2024, which would increase import duties on such goods, (2) require the U.S. trade representative to seek to suspend Russia’s participation in the World Trade Organization and halt Belarus’ WTO accession, and (3) authorize the president to restore NTR with Russia and Belarus if they have ceased their acts of aggression against Ukraine and other certain conditions are met.

Exports. The Protecting Against Compromised IOT Technology Act (H.R. 7138, introduced March 17 by Rep. Obernolte, R-Calif.) would require regular review of companies that sell Internet of Things devices (e.g., smart thermostats, home security cameras, and Internet-connected refrigerators) and add those that pose a threat to the security of IOT device supply chains to the Department of Commerce's Entity List.

The Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (S. 3859, introduced March 17 by Sens. Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Tillis, R-N.C.) would control the export of electronic waste to ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains in the U.S. “The Chinese Communist Party works tirelessly to steal U.S. inventions and technology, and we should not make it easier for them by sending electronic waste” to China, Tillis said. Whitehouse noted that this bill was included in the COMPETES Act recently passed by the House.

The Small-Scale LNG Access Act (H.R. 7115, introduced March 17 by Rep. Cammack, R-Fla.) would amend the Natural Gas Act to expedite approval of exports of small volumes of natural gas.

CBP. H.R. 7096 (introduced March 16 by Rep. Buck, R-Colo.) would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to enhance the authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to share information with respect to merchandise suspected of violating intellectual property rights with rights holders and other interested parties.

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