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Tariffs. The FAIR TARIFF Act (H.R. 9083, introduced Sept. 29 by Reps. Thompson, D-Calif., and Wenstrup, R-Ohio)) would (1) direct the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to give U.S. companies at least 60 days’ notice before retaliatory tariffs are imposed on goods imported from market economy countries, and (2) refund tariffs paid on goods in transit “following the rapid implementation of the two most recent sets of retaliatory tariffs, except those goods tied to the underlying dispute.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives approved Sept. 29 H.R. 8982 (introduced Sept. 26 by Rep. DelBene, D-Wash.), which would temporarily suspend duties on imports of certain infant formula base powder used in the manufacturing of infant formula in the U.S. This bill would cap the amount of such duty-free imports at 2,600 metric tons.

H.R. 9041 (introduced Sept. 29 by Rep. Clyburn, D-S.C.) would prohibit the federal government from requiring repayment, recoupment, or offset of certain antidumping and countervailing duties paid under section 754 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

Product Safety. The Senate amended and approved Sept. 29 the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act (S. 3232, introduced Nov. 18, 2021, by Sen. Casey, D-Pa.), which would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a consumer product safety rule for freestanding clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over related death or injury.

China. The No Chips for China Act (H.R. 9039, introduced Sept. 29 by Rep. Budd, R-N.C.) would prevent companies that take taxpayer funding in the CHIPS and Science Act from building or transferring any semiconductor manufacturing operations to China for ten years. Budd noted that the CHIPS and Science Act exempts legacy semiconductors from this ban.

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