Text: H.R.3889 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/03/2004)


108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 3889


To transfer certain functions from the United States Trade Representative to the Secretary of Commerce.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 3, 2004

Mr. Wolf introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To transfer certain functions from the United States Trade Representative to the Secretary of Commerce.

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

SECTION 1. Transfer of functions.

(a) Identification of certain countries.—Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking “United States Trade Representative” and inserting “Secretary of Commerce”; and

(B) by striking “Trade Representative” each subsequent place it appears and inserting “Secretary”; and

(2) in subsections (b) through (g), by striking “Trade Representative” each place it appears and inserting “Secretary”.

(b) Enforcement of United States rights under trade agreements and response to certain foreign trade practices.—Chapter 1 of title III of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2411 et seq.) is amended as follows:

(1) Section 301(a)(1) is amended by striking “United States Trade Representative” and inserting “Secretary of Commerce”.

(2) Section 303(b)(1)(A) is amended by striking “United States Trade Representative” and inserting “Secretary of Commerce.”

(3) Section 301(d)(8) is amended to read as follows:

“(8) The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Commerce.”.

(4) Sections 301 through 310 are amended by striking “Trade Representative” each place it appears and inserting “Secretary”.

SEC. 2. Applicability.

(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (b), the amendments made by section 1 shall take effect 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b) Pending petitions, investigations, and determinations.—The amendments made by section 1 shall not affect any petition filed before, or investigation pending on, the effective date set forth in subsection (a), under chapter 1 of title III of the Trade Act of 1974. Such petitions and investigations shall proceed as if section 1 had not been enacted. The amendments made by section 1 shall not affect any determination made or action taken under chapter 1 of title III of the Trade Act of 1974 before the effective date set forth in subsection (a).

SEC. 3. Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

(a) Transfer of certain functions.—Those functions of the United States Trade Representative under the following provisions of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act are transferred to the Secretary of Commerce, effective 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act:

(1) Section 123.

(2) Paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) of section 124.

(3) Section 127.

(4) Subsections (e) and (f) of section 281.

(b) Conforming amendments.—

(1) AMENDMENTS.—Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3538) is amended—

(A) by striking “Trade Representative” each place it appears and inserting “Secretary of Commerce”;

(B) in subsection (a)(6), by striking “direct the administering authority to”;

(C) in subsection (b)—

(i) in paragraph (1), by striking “the administering authority and”;

(ii) in paragraph (2), by striking “shall,” and all that follows through “issue a determination” and inserting “may issue a determination”;

(iii) in paragraph (3), by striking “the administering authority and”; and

(iv) in paragraph (4)—

(I) by striking “the administering authority and”; and

(II) by striking “direct the administering authority to”; and

(D) in subsection (c)(1)—

(i) in subparagraph (A), by striking “the date on which” and all that follows through “determination,” and inserting “the date on which the Secretary of Commerce revokes an order pursuant to that determination,”; and

(ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking “the date on which” and all that follows through the end of the sentence and inserting “the date on which the Secretary of Commerce implements that determination”.

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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