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 Deterring Escalation Through Economic Retaliation Act (S. 2761, introduced Sept. 11 by Sen. Lankford, R-Okla.) would revoke China’s permanent normal trade relations status if Beijing engages in an act of military aggression that violates the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Taiwan. The bill would also require the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to assess current U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities that would be affected by such a revocation and develop proposals to mitigate those risks and reduce reliance on China in the meantime.

GSP. The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing Sept. 20 on reforming the Generalized System of Preferences to safeguard U.S. supply chains and combat China. No further information has yet been provided.

Apparel. The Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change Act (S. 2817, introduced Sept. 14 by Sen. Gillibrand, D-N.Y.) would establish new protections for workers in the U.S. garment industry by (1) creating a new $50 million per year program to help rejuvenate the garment industry in the U.S., (2) holding brands accountable for the labor practices of their manufacturing partners, (3) creating a new undersecretary of labor of the garment industry, (4) creating a nationwide garment industry registry to ensure manufacturers and contractors operate according to specified standards, and (5) prohibiting predatory payment-by-piece-rate compensation schemes as base pay.

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