Background

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

GSP. The Digital Trade for Development Act (H.R. 3052, introduced May 7 by Rep. LaHood, R-Ill.) would incorporate digital trade as a statutory consideration in designating beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences. Specifically, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative could prevent countries from receiving BDC status if, for example, they restrict digital trade to the detriment of U.S. strategic interests through predatory industrial policies that target technology sectors.

Exports. H.R. 2964 (introduced May 4 by Rep. Buck, R-Colo.) would codify the denial of export privileges against nations that violate U.S. law and steal intellectual property. The bill is primarily targeted against China, and Buck cited information from the Department of Justice stating that 80 percent of all cases charged as economic espionage, and 60 percent of all trade secrets cases, involve China.

H.R. 3036 (introduced May 7 by Rep. Espaillat, D-N.Y.) would control exports 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.

IPR. H.R. 3035 (introduced May 7 by Rep. Donalds, R-Fla.) would prohibit the authorization of appropriations to USTR for supporting a measure at the World Trade Organization waiving certain intellectual property rights.

Cargo Transport. H.R. 3033 (introduced May 7 by Rep. DeFazio, D-Ore.) would amend title 46 of the U.S. Code with respect to the projects eligible for certain port and intermodal improvement grants.

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