Text: H.R.3843 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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104th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3843

    To amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the Defense 
  Commissary Agency and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of the 
  Department of Defense from purchasing imported consumer items to be 
sold in commissary or exchange stores when such consumer items are not 
          produced in conformity with minimum labor standards.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 17, 1996

 Mr. Underwood (for himself, Mr. Gephardt, Mr. Bonior, Mr. Funderburk, 
 Mr. Lantos, Mr. Berman, Mr. Richardson, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Evans, Mr. 
   Abercrombie, Mr. Moran, Mr. Manton, Mr. Torres, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. 
Traficant, Mr. Hilliard, Mr. Frazer, Mr. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Mr. 
 Schumer, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Towns, Mr. Spratt, Mr. Romero-Barcelo, 
   Mr. Filner, Mr. Yates, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Sanders, Ms. 
   Kaptur, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Watt of North Carolina, Mr. 
 Meehan, Ms. Velazquez, Ms. Roybal-Allard, and Mr. Holden) introduced 
  the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on National 
                                Security

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                                 A BILL


 
    To amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the Defense 
  Commissary Agency and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of the 
  Department of Defense from purchasing imported consumer items to be 
sold in commissary or exchange stores when such consumer items are not 
          produced in conformity with minimum labor standards.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Sweatshop Product Ban Act of 1996''.

SEC. 2. CONDITION ON SALE OF IMPORTED CONSUMER ITEMS IN COMMISSARY AND 
              EXCHANGE STORES.

    (a) Compliance With Minimum Labor Standards Required.--(1) Chapter 
147 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end 
the following new section:
``Sec. 2490b. Commissary and exchange stores: condition on sale of 
              imported consumer items
    ``(a) Compliance With Minimum Labor Standards.--The Defense 
Commissary Agency and any nonappropriated fund instrumentality 
operating a military exchange store may not purchase for resale in a 
commissary or exchange store any consumer item imported into the United 
States if the Defense Commissary Agency or nonappropriated fund 
instrumentality has reason to believe that the consumer item was not 
produced in conformity with minimum labor standards.
    ``(b) Establishment of Standards.--The Secretary of Labor shall 
develop the minimum labor standards to be applied for purposes of this 
section, in particular standards regarding the use of child or prison 
labor and the production of consumer items under other inhumane 
conditions.
    ``(c) Process to Determine Compliance.--The Secretary of Labor 
shall annually develop and submit to the Secretary of Defense a list of 
companies and manufacturers that are not in compliance with the minimum 
labor standards developed under subsection (b). The Secretary of 
Defense shall annually certify to Congress that the Defense Commissary 
Agency and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities have not purchased 
any consumer items from the companies and manufacturers identified by 
the Secretary of Labor.
    ``(d) Definition.--In this section, the term `nonappropriated fund 
instrumentality' means the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Navy 
Exchange Service Command, Marine Corps exchanges, or any other 
instrumentality of the United States under the jurisdiction of the 
Armed Forces which is conducted for the comfort, pleasure, contentment, 
or physical or mental improvement of members of the Armed Forces.''.
    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is 
amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``2490b. Commissary and exchange stores: condition on sale of imported 
                            consumer items.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--Section 2490b of title 10, United States Code, 
as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to contracts 
entered into or extended after the date of the enactment of this Act 
for the purchase of imported consumer items for sale in military 
commissary or exchange stores.
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