Conference Report on H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015by Representative Patrick J. Tiberi
Posted on 2015-12-11
TIBERI. I thank the chairman for all his leadership on this going
Mr. Speaker, I introduced the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act in April of this year, and it is great to see that this issue is finally getting done.
I would really like to thank Speaker Ryan and, again, Chairman Brady; Chairman Reichert; a special thanks to Representative Boustany for his leadership going way back as well; and Jason Smith, the Congressman from Missouri, for his incredible work to get this bill in a better place. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Senate who helped make this a successful conference committee.
This bill presents a long, long overdue opportunity. I would ask my colleagues to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
In my home State of Ohio, one in five workers' jobs, Mr. Speaker, depends on trade. Trade drives our economy. In fact, exports from Ohio last year hit an all-time high. This bill will make it even easier for Ohio companies to trade and will increase exports, and that means increasing jobs in my State of Ohio.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Act plays a pivotal role in helping ensure that our trade agreements, our preference programs, and our U.S. trade laws are enforced and that legitimate trade is done. Over the years, the volume and the complexity of trade and the challenges, such as combating evasion of duties and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights, have grown, and grow more complex.
Meanwhile, we are facing increased competition around the world, and it is critical to keep the flow of trade moving efficiently.
Customs issues are vital to our competitiveness, security, and safety.
Streamlining legitimate trade and providing benefits to trusted traders will increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.
This bill would reduce barriers and burdens to our small and medium businesses that drive our economy, saving them time and money, and, again, create jobs.
[[Page H9289]] Another major pillar of this bill is strengthening enforcement of our trade remedy laws.
Enforcing U.S. intellectual property rights, anti-dumping, and countervailing duty laws prevents our competitors from gaining an edge by cheating. When our competitors around the world don't play by the rules, we get hurt; our American businesses get hurt; and our American workers pay.
When our American companies and American workers compete on a level playing field, they win; we win.
This bill makes our trade remedies more effective by allowing our Customs agencies to take quick action against these bad actors, giving our businesses a fair opportunity to compete and win.
This bill also contains a commitment to advancing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process. I strongly support that commitment, and will continue to work to find a path forward, Mr. Speaker. MTBs provide important relief to our manufacturers who import materials that have no domestic content or supply. The tariffs they pay--or the taxes, they are taxes--on these products make the entire manufacturing supply chain and the process more expensive to my constituents. The MTB process must be resolved in a way that is not only consistent with our House rules, but also our constitutional responsibilities.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.