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106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 298 Calling on the President to abstain from renegotiating international agreements governing antidumping and countervailing measures. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 22, 1999 Mr. Visclosky (for himself, Mr. Ney, Mr. Traficant, Mr. Regula, Mr. Murtha, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Gephardt, Mr. English, Mr. Bonior, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Young of Florida, Mr. Matsui, Mr. Houghton, Mr. Levin, Mr. Callahan, Mr. Coyne, Mr. Kasich, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Wise, Mr. Klink, Mr. Mollohan, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Coburn, Mr. LaFalce, Mr. Skeen, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Bachus, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cardin, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Mascara, Mr. Foley, Mr. Doyle, Mr. McIntosh, Mr. Evans, Mr. Buyer, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Costello, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Gekas, Mr. Frost, Mr. Ehrlich, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Greenwood, Mr. Blagojevich, Mr. Horn, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Cook, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Gutierrez, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Kucinich, Mrs. Chenoweth, Mr. Stupak, Mr. McHugh, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Shows, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Riley, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Weygand, Mr. Hilliard, Mr. Sandlin, Mr. Borski, Mr. Maloney of Connecticut, Mr. Cummings, Ms. Danner, Mr. Turner, Mr. Roemer, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Filner, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Barcia, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Capuano, Mrs. Thurman, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Sawyer, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Brown of Florida, Ms. Lee, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Berry, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Holden, Mr. Rush, Mr. Lampson, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. Tierney, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Wexler, Mr. McNulty, Mr. Vento, Mr. Minge, Mrs. Meek of Florida, and Mr. Faleomavaega) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Calling on the President to abstain from renegotiating international agreements governing antidumping and countervailing measures. Whereas the House of Representatives is deeply concerned that, in connection with the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') Ministerial meeting to be held in Seattle, Washington, and the multilateral trade negotiations expected to follow, a few countries are seeking to circumvent the agreed list of negotiating topics and reopen debate over the WTO's antidumping and antisubsidy rules; Whereas strong antidumping and antisubsidy rules are a cornerstone of the liberal trade policy of the United States and are essential to the health of the manufacturing and farm sectors in the United States; Whereas it has long been and remains the policy of the United States to support its antidumping and antisubsidy laws and to defend those laws in international negotiations; Whereas the WTO antidumping and antisubsidy rules concluded in the Uruguay Round have scarcely been tested since they entered into effect and certainly have not proved defective; Whereas opening these rules to renegotiation could only lead to weakening them, which would in turn lead to even greater abuse of the world's open markets, particularly that of the United States; Whereas, conversely, avoiding another divisive fight over these rules is the best way to promote progress on the other, far more important, issues facing WTO members; and Whereas it is therefore essential that negotiations on these antidumping and antisubsidy matters not be reopened under the auspices of the WTO or otherwise: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives calls upon the President-- (1) not to participate in any international negotiation in which antidumping or antisubsidy rules are part of the negotiating agenda; (2) to refrain from submitting for congressional approval agreements that require changes to the current antidumping and countervailing duty laws and enforcement policies of the United States; and (3) to enforce the antidumping and countervailing duty laws vigorously in all pending and future cases. <all>
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