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.

Cargo Manifests. The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act (S. 1449, introduced April 29 by Sens. Daines, R-Mont., and Peters, D-Mich.) would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to remove personally identifiable information from cargo manifests before public disclosure.

Exports. S. 1415 (introduced April 28 by Sen. Markey, D-Mass.) would reinstate the ban on exports of crude oil and natural gas produced in the U.S.

The Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Export Act (S. 1473, introduced April 29 by Sen. Menendez, D-N.J.) would (1) elevate the protection of human rights in the control and export of arms as an official U.S. policy, (2) establish in law that arms exports will not present a significant risk of violating human rights, (3) prohibit arms sales to countries committing war crimes, genocide, or violations of international humanitarian law, and (4) strengthen prohibitions on the misuse of U.S. arms sales for human rights abuses and require agreements to that effect on all exports and transfers.

High-Tech. The Protecting Critical Boards and Electronics Through Transparency and Enduring Reinvestment Act (S. 1419, introduced April 28 by Sen. Hawley, R-Mo.) would (1) require contractors to inform the Department of Defense if certain information systems contain printed circuit boards made in China or other adversary nations and (2) establish a testing, remediation, and prevention regime to address vulnerabilities in information systems that contain or may contain PCBs made in China or other adversary nations.

Trade Remedies. S. 1510 (introduced April 29 by Sen. Peters, D-Mich.) would establish a task force to identify potential countervailable subsidies, dumping, and circumvention with respect to trade.

USTR. S. 1489 (introduced April 29 by Sens. Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cornyn (R-Texas)) would require the president to establish an inspector general of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative within 120 days. A press release from Menendez’s office states that USTR’s “opaque Section 301 China tariff exclusion process last year raised concerns over its lack of transparency, inconsistent decision-making, and political favoritism.” In addition, there were reports in June 2020 that “two USTR employees who helped negotiate USMCA may have violated federal law barring conflicts of interest when they offered their services as private-sector advisers to future clients while still on the federal payroll.”

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