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H.R. 3497 (ih) To authorize a study on the feasibility of preserving certain Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail and of establishing a Civil Rights Trail in the State of Mississippi. [Introduced in House] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3496 To extend trade benefits to certain tents imported into the United States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 17, 2003 Mr. Blunt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To extend trade benefits to certain tents imported into the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. DUTY-FREE TREATMENT FOR TENTS FROM CERTAIN MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the President shall provide duty-free treatment for any article classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule heading 6306.22.90 from the beneficiary countries eligible for designation under section 2 of this Act. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES. (a) In General.--The President shall designate any country listed in subsection (c) as a beneficiary country. After one year of enactment of this Act, the President shall conduct a review to determine if a basis exists for the withdrawal of duty-free treatment, taking into consideration whether or not each beneficiary country-- (1) has established, or is making continual progress toward establishing-- (A) a market-based economy that protects private property rights, incorporates an open rules-based trading system, and minimizes government interference in the economy through measures such as price controls, subsidies, and government ownership of economic assets; (B) the rule of law and the right to due process, a fair trial, and equal protection under the law; (C) political pluralism, a climate free of political intimidation and restrictions on peaceful political activity, and democratic elections that meet international standards of fairness, transparency, and participation; (D) the elimination of barriers to United States trade and investment, including by-- (i) providing national treatment and measures to create an environment conducive to domestic and foreign investment; (ii) protecting intellectual property; and (iii) resolving bilateral trade and investment disputes; (E) economic policies that reduce poverty, increase the availability of health care and educational opportunities, expand physical infrastructure, promote the development of private enterprise, and encourage the formation of capital markets through micro-credit or other programs; (F) a system to combat corruption and bribery, such as signing and implementing the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions; (G) protection of internationally recognized worker rights, including the right of association, the right to organize and bargain collectively, a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor, a minimum age for the employment of children, and acceptable conditions of work; and (H) policies that provide a high level of environmental protection; (2) does not engage in activities that undermine United States national security or foreign policy interests, and supports a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; (3) is a signatory of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, does not engage in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, and is making continuing and verifiable progress on the protection of internationally recognized human rights, including freedom of speech and press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of religion; (4) is not listed by the United States Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism and cooperates fully in international efforts to combat terrorism; (5) does not participate in the primary, secondary, or tertiary economic boycott of Israel; and (6) otherwise meets the eligibility criteria set forth in section 502(b)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2462(b)(2)), other than section 502(b)(2)(B). (b) Continuing Compliance.--If the President determines that a designated beneficiary country no longer meets the requirements described in subsection (a), the President shall terminate the designation of the country made pursuant to subsection (a) and inform Congress of the President's determination and the reasons therefor. (c) Countries Eligible for Designation.--In designating countries as beneficiary countries under this Act, the President shall consider only the following countries of the greater Middle East or their successor political entities: (1) Afghanistan. (2) Algeria. (3) Azerbaijan. (4) Bahrain. (5) Bangladesh. (6) Egypt. (7) Iraq. (8) Kuwait. (9) Lebanon. (10) Morocco. (11) Oman. (12) Pakistan. (13) Qatar. (14) Saudi Arabia. (15) Tunisia. (16) Turkey. (17) United Arab Emirates. (18) Yemen. (d) The Palestinian Authority.--The President is also authorized to designate the Palestinian Authority or its successor political entity as a beneficiary political entity which, if so designated, shall be accorded benefits under this Act as if it were a beneficiary country, if the President determines that the Palestinian Authority-- (1) satisfies the conditions of subsection (a) (1) and (2); (2) does not participate in acts of terrorism, and takes active measure to combat terrorism; (3) cooperates fully in international efforts to combat terrorism; (4) does not engage in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, and is making continuing and verifiable progress on the protection of internationally recognized human rights, including freedom of speech and the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of religion; and (5) accepts Israel's right to exist in peace within secure borders. SEC. 3. RULE OF ORIGIN. (a) General Rule.--The duty-free treatment provided under this Act shall apply to any article which is the growth, product, or manufacture of 1 or more beneficiary countries if-- (1) that article is imported directly from a beneficiary country into the customs territory of the United States; and (2) the sum of-- (A) the cost or value of the materials produced in 1 or more beneficiary countries, plus (B) the direct cost of processing operations performed in such beneficiary country or countries, is not less than 35 percent of the appraised value of such article at the time it is entered. For purposes of determining the percentage referred to in subparagraph (2), if the cost or value of materials produced in the customs territory of the United States is included with respect to an article to which this paragraph applies, an amount not to exceed 15 percent of the appraised value of the article at the time it is entered that is attributed to such U.S. cost or value may be applied toward determining the percentage referred to in subparagraph (2). <all>
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