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Forced Labor. The Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R. 3075, introduced May 11 by Rep. Huffman, D-Calif.) would strengthen enforcement against illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing and forced labor by expanding the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to all species, increasing data requirements for SIMP (including consideration of labor conditions), improving the detection of imports at risk of IUU fishing and labor violations, establishing seafood traceability and labelling requirements, improving seafood inspections and federal enforcement of seafood fraud, expanding U.S. authority to revoke port privileges for fishing vessels associated with IUU fishing, and expanding IUU determination criteria to include human trafficking, forced labor, and other labor rights violations.

Wildlife Trade. The Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1588, introduced May 12 by Rep. Blumenthal, D-Conn., and H.R. 3135, introduced May 12 by Rep. Blumenauer, D-Ore.) 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 primate species.

Jones Act. The Open America’s Water Act (S. 1646, introduced May 13 by Sen. Lee, R-Utah, and H.R. 3205, introduced May 13 by Rep. McClintock, R-Calif.) would repeal Jones Act restrictions and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports.

Product Safety. The Safe Sleep for Babies Act (H.R. 3182, introduced May 13 by Rep. Cardenas, D-Calif.) would add inclined sleepers for infants with an inclined sleep surface greater than ten degrees, as well as crib bumpers, to the list of banned hazardous products under the Consumer Product Safety Act.

IPR. The American Medical Innovation Generating Overseas Security Act (H.R. 3236, introduced May 14 by Rep. Salazar, R-Fla.) would prohibit the president from taking any action to support the waiver of obligations of World Trade Organization members under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in relation to the prevention, containment, mitigation, or treatment of COVID-19 unless a statute expressly authorizing such a waiver is enacted.

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