Washington Update

June 9th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Calls for tariff relief from within the administration are growing louder. And so are the voices of labor groups who want them to stay in place. As internal debates are brought further into the spotlight, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai has continued to stay quiet on the issue. Read more

Treasury drew criticism late last week over its implementation of the ban on investing in Chinese companies with ties to China’s military. On the eve of the ban, the Treasury...

June 2nd, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Administration officials still seem to be at odds over what to do with Section 301 tariffs. While several officials have publicly touted the potential deflationary benefits of lowering tariffs, there have been no signals from the Office of the US Trade Representative that it would support this approach. Read more

Enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will begin promptly on June 21—there will not be a grace period. In the first of three webinars to...

May 26th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined US policy toward China in a long-awaited speech. The speech did not announce any new initiatives but instead explained the administration’s rationale for existing ones. Investment screening, export controls, and adjusting supply chains are among the administration’s areas of focus moving forward. Read more

Blinken acknowledged that competition with China does not need to lead to conflict nor decoupling. He highlighted the...

May 19th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Senate leadership is pushing to finalize the China package by the end of next month. According to our sources, the expiration of Trade Adjustment Assistance and the impending August recess might be what’s upping the urgency of getting the bill over the finish line. Read more

President Biden will officially launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) during his Japan trip. Last week, the White House pledged $150 million toward the framework, but it is still...

May 12th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs 

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Biden administration drafts executive order on protecting American data China bill meeting affirms divisions, negotiations still in early stages US and EU officials to convene in Paris for the second Trade and Technology Council meeting

Biden administration drafts executive order on protecting American data

On Wednesday, Reuters reported on a draft executive order (EO) prepared by the White House designed to protect American data online. According to the...

May 5th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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USTR initiated a review of Section 301 tariffs to prevent them from expiring in July. The two-part process is expected to run from now until after the election, when USTR will make a decision on continuing, revising, or lifting certain tariffs. Read more

While there is strong support in the Senate to include a robust tariff exclusions process in BIA, it is still unclear if it will make it into the final bill. USCBC understands that some House Democrats believe it...

April 28th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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The United States hinted it could be lifting some Section 301 tariffs but might be weighing new ones, too. Multiple officials hinted this week that the administration could reduce or remove some Section 301 tariffs. However, following those statements, USCBC has learned that meaningful tariff relief is unlikely in the near term. Additionally, it seems the administration plans to soon launch a new Section 301 investigation. Read more

Treasury’s pilot program bill to...

April 14th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Experts and industry continue to share concerns about the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act ahead of the June implementation date. Companies remain concerned by the lack of guidance for proving that their supply chains are free of forced labor. Read more

The Biden administration continues to court Indo-Pacific countries to build its regional economic framework. A meeting between President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the latest in a series of...

April 7th, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Courts direct USTR to justify Trump-era tariff expansions. While the tariffs in question were not overturned, greater scrutiny of USTR’s next steps could impact its upcoming re-assessment of Section 301 tariffs that will otherwise expire. Read more

Yesterday, reporters leaked the list of conferees for the China legislative package. While some of the 105 conferees are active on China issues, many are not. Read more

The Biden administration wants to launch Indo-...

March 31st, 2022
By USCBC Government Affairs
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US Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s testimony reaffirmed the administration’s support for an outbound investment review mechanism. It is uncertain if such a mechanism will be passed as part of a comprehensive China bill, future legislation, or through executive action. Read more

The House and Senate set the stage for a China bill conference to take place in early April. While lawmakers were previously hoping to pass the bill by Memorial Day, they may now be...

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