April Trade Legislation Tracker
April 29, 2015

The text of these bills is made available by the Library of Congress. Please contact Jennifer McCadney if you have substantive questions or need policy assistance on any of the listed bills.

=====MARCH 2015=====

HOUSE BILLS

HR 1307 

Global Free Internet Act of 2015

Sponsor: Lofgren (D-Calif.)

A bill to combat trade barriers that threaten the maintenance of an open Internet, that mandate unique technology standards as a condition of market access and related measures, and to promote online free expression and the free flow of information.

Introduced in House; 3/4/2015

 

HR 1403

Balancing Trade Act of 2015

Sponsor: Kaptur (D-Ohio)

A bill to require that, in cases in which the annual trade deficit between the United States and another country is $10,000,000,000 or more for 3 consecutive years, the President take the necessary steps to create a more balanced trading relationship with that country.

Introduced in House; 3/17/2015

 

HR 1696

Sponsor: Graham, G. (D-Fla.)

A bill to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to extend the tariff preference level on imports of certain cotton and man-made fiber, fabric, apparel, and made-up goods from Bahrain under the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.

Introduced in House; 3/26/2015

 

SENATE BILLS

S 619

United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Cardin (D-Md.)

A bill to include among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships trade negotiating objectives with respect to discouraging activity that discourages, penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 3/2/2015

 

S 735

Level Playing Field in Trade Agreements Act of 2015

Sponsor: Merkley (D-Ore.)

A bill to require that any trade agreement eligible for expedited consideration by Congress include requirements with respect to paying adequate wages and maintaining sustainable production methods, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 3/12/2015

 

S 758

Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Stabenow (D-Mich.)

A bill to establish an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 3/17/2015

 

S 891 

Leveling the Playing Field Act

Sponsor: Brown, S. (D-Ohio)

A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to facilitate the administration and enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 3/26/2015

 

S 892

Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2015

Sponsor: Graham, L. (R-S.C.)

A bill to provide the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of the Treasury with authority to more aggressively enforce customs and trade laws relating to textile and apparel articles, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 3/26/2015

 

=====FEBRUARY 2015=====

 

HOUSE BILLS

HR 635

Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rangel (D-N.Y.)

A bill to facilitate the export of United States agricultural products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States legal residents, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/2/2015

 

H Res 73

Sponsor: Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)

A resolution recognizing the importance of trade to the United States economy and the importance of completing free trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries and the European Union.

Introduced in House; 2/2/2015

 

HR 681

GSP UPDATE Act

Sponsor: Crenshaw (R-Fla.)

A bill to make certain luggage and travel articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/3/2015

 

HR 735 

Cuba Reconciliation Act

Sponsor: Serrano (D-N.Y.)

A bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/4/2015

 

HR 757

North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Royce (R-Calif.)

A bill to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/5/2015

 

HR 764

Reciprocal Market Access Act of 2015

Sponsor: Slaughter, L. (D-N.Y.)

A bill to enhance reciprocal market access for United States domestic producers in the negotiating process of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade agreements.

Introduced in House; 2/5/2015

 

HR 820

Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act

Sponsor: Levin (D-Mich.)

A bill to amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country.

Introduced in House; 2/10/2015

 

HR 825

United States-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act

Sponsor: Roskam (R-Ill.)

A bill to promote trade and commercial enhancement between the United States and Israel, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/10/2015

 

HR 967

Protecting America's Sovereignty Act

Sponsor: Pocan (D-Wis.)

A bill to prohibit the President from entering into a free trade agreement or investment treaty with a foreign country or countries if the agreement or treaty includes investor-state dispute settlement provisions.

Introduced in House; 2/13/2015

 

HR 978

Low Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Schock (R-Ill.)

A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to increase and adjust for inflation the maximum value of articles that may be imported duty-free by one person on one day, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/13/2015

 

HR 998

Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Meehan (R-Pa.)

A bill to establish the conditions under which the Secretary of Homeland Security may establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/13/2015

 

HR 1073

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

Sponsor: Brown, S. (D-Ohio)

A bill to extend the trade adjustment assistance program, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/25/2015

 

HR 1088

Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2015

Sponsor: Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)

A bill to extend the trade adjustment assistance program, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/25/2015

 

HR 1103

Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2015

Sponsor: Smith, C. (R-N.J.)

A bill to create jobs in the United States by increasing United States exports to Africa by at least 200 percent in real dollar value within 10 years, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 2/26/2015

 

H Con Res 20

Sponsor: Yoho (R-Fla.)

Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that all direct and indirect subsidies that benefit the production or export of sugar by all major sugar producing and consuming countries should be eliminated.

Introduced; 2/27/2015

 

SENATE BILLS

S 340

GSP UPDATE Act

Sponsor: Blunt (R-Mo.)

A bill to make certain luggage and travel articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 2/3/2015

 

S 433

Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act

Sponsor: Sessions, J. (R-Ala.)

A bill to establish a benefit calculation methodology with respect to currency undervaluation for purposes of countervailing duty investigations and reviews, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 2/10/2015

 

S 489

Low Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Thune (R-S.D.)

A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to increase the maximum value of articles that may be imported duty-free by one person on one day.

Introduced in Senate; 2/12/2015

 

S 503

Haitian Partnership Renewal Act

Sponsor: Nelson, Bill (D-Fla.)

A bill to amend the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act to extend trade preferences for certain articles imported from Haiti and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 2/12/2015

 

S 568

Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2015

Sponsor: Brown, S. (D-Ohio)

A bill to extend the trade adjustment assistance program, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 2/25/2015

=====JANUARY 2015=====

 

HOUSE BILLS

HR 89

Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act

Sponsor: Bridenstine (R-Okla.)

A bill to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to World Trade Organization countries, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 1/6/2015

 

HR 204

North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act of 2015

Sponsor: Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

A bill to continue restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 1/8/2015

 

HR 274

United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rush (D-Ill.)

A bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 1/12/2015

 

HR 403

Free Trade With Cuba Act

Sponsor: Rangel (D-N.Y.)

A bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House; 1/16/2015

 

SENATE BILLS

S 81

Nepal Trade Preferences Act

Sponsor: Feinstein (D-Calif.)

A bill to authorize preferential treatment for certain imports from Nepal, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 1/7/2015

 

S 260

Temporary Duty Suspension Process Act of 2015

Sponsor: McCaskill (D-Mo.)

A bill to require the United States International Trade Commission to recommend temporary duty suspensions and reductions to Congress, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate; 1/27/2015