January 27, 2009
Partner David Hartquist was quoted in an American Metal Market article titled “Senate May Block Customs’ Demand for Byrd Repayment.” The article discussed the possibility of The U.S. Customs and Border Protection revenue division being barred from seeking repayment of Byrd Amendment funds from domestic manufacturers, according to a provision in a Senate Finance Committee stimulus package. Although both the Senate and House of Representatives have to mark up plans before drafting it into a final bill for President Obama to sign into law, domestic groups hope the provision will remain. In regards to this provision, Mr. Hartquist says, "We are very pleased that the Finance Committee has included it." Hartquist also states some groups strongly oppose the provision and have been in touch with members of Congress. "The only opposition that we've seen so far has been from the Mexican government, and we really don't think it is appropriate for the Mexican government to be weighing in on a U.S. government matter," he said. "We've been in touch with a number of members in Congress and we will continue to support it."