H.R.3843 - Sweatshop Product Ban Act of 1996104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Underwood, Robert A. [D-GU-At Large] (Introduced 07/17/1996)|
|Committees:||House - National Security|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/29/1996 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Readiness. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (07/17/1996)
[Congressional Bills 104th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 3843 Introduced in House (IH)] 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. _______________________________________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________________________________ 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. <all>