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  • Bipartisan Support for Trade Promotion Authority
    Posted in The Trade Report on January 13, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Last week, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 to renew trade promotion authority (TPA). Trade issues are generally viewed as economic issues – not partisan issues. For example, recent trade agreements have received large bipartisan support, with an average of over 50 Democrats joining Republicans on these job-... Read more

  • Bipartisan Group of Governors Urge Passage of Russia PNTR
    Posted in The Trade Report on July 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Today, a bipartisan group of Governors sent a letter to President Obama and House and Senate Leaders expressing their support for permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia. Tomorrow, the Ways and Means Committee will markup legislation to establish PNTR with Russia. In the letter, the Governors stated: “From our perspective as Governors, we see the potential for each of our states to increase their exports to Russia, but Congress needs to pass PNTR to help realize this potential. The c... Read more

  • House GOP Freshmen Voice Support for Russia PNTR to Expand U.S. Jobs & Exports
    Posted in The Trade Report on July 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Seventy-three House Republican freshmen wrote to President Obama expressing their commitment to work with him to grant Russia permanent normal trade relations so that the United States can expand export opportunities and job growth. Next month, Russia will join the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United States must act quickly to take advantage of economic opportunities created by the concessions that Russia made to join the WTO. Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has committed to introd... Read more

  • Public Comments Speak to the Value of the MTB
    Posted in The Trade Report on June 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Today, the Ways and Means Committee posted nearly 1,100 comments received from the public on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bills. In a completely open and transparent manner, over 1,250 bills, their disclosure forms, and summaries were posted on the Ways and Means Committee website on May 24 for public comment. This public review assists the Committee in determining whether any domestic producer opposes any provision. Below are excerpts from comments received, hailing the MTB for supporting U.S jobs,... Read more

  • PNTR with Russia Supports U.S. Jobs & Exports
    Posted in The Trade Report on June 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Today, the Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and granting Russia permanent normal trade relations (PNTR). Russia will join the WTO later this summer, and as a result will be required to open up its market and comply with the WTO’s rules. However, the United States will not receive any of these benefits until Congress grants Russia PNTR. Any delay in granting Russia PNTR will cause U.S. employers, workers, farmers, and rancher... Read more

  • The Value of the MTB
    Posted in The Trade Report on May 10, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    American Apparel & Footwear Association Two years ago we had the privilege to sit in the White House while President Obama signed into law the United States Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010. That important legislation temporarily eliminated or reduced import tariffs on a range of products that are no longer made in the United States. That legislation carried on a long tradition in which Congress periodically packages together a number of individual tariff reduction or suspension measures in... Read more

  • Misguided Misgivings about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
    Posted in The Trade Report on May 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Those of us who view import tariffs as distortive taxes on consumption and production tend to find merit in any effort to reduce them. That’s why Senator Jim DeMint’s opposition to the perennial import duty suspension process known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) seems a bit misplaced. DeMint has – according to Cato’s Congressional Trade Votes database – a glowing record of unfettered support for free trade. So what’s DeMint’s problem with the MTB? Well, the MTB is a vehicle through which... Read more

  • NAM Supports Transparent Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process
    Posted in The Trade Report on April 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    The article “Freshman: Bring back earmarks” (POLITICO, April 23) inaccurately characterizes the miscellaneous tariff bill process and its classification as an earmark. The MTB is actually a bipartisan jobs bill that will prevent a tax increase on manufacturers in the U.S. and help us compete with our global competition. This bill provides for a duty suspension for the import of materials essential to manufacturing products but unavailable from any domestic source. These duties raise costs of ma... Read more

  • American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition: Freshman GOP Letter Supporting Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) a Boost for U.S. Manufacturing
    Posted in The Trade Report on April 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, 65 Republican freshmen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Cong. Tom Reed (R-NY), sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) supporting the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process initiated by the Committee on Ways and Means. A copy of the freshman letter can be found at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/GOP_Freshman_MTB_Letter.pdf. “Plain and simple, the MTB is a trade bill that is a job creator fo... Read more

  • ATR Voices Support for MTB Process
    Posted in The Trade Report on April 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Yesterday, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) sent a letter to Congress voicing support for the bipartisan Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process initiated by trade leaders in the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees. Specifically ATR noted that "By reducing or eliminating duties on imports, the MTB lowers input costs for domestic manufactures. This increases the competitiveness of American goods and puts additional savings in the pockets of consumers...It is important to remember that legi... Read more