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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
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[H.R. 4090 Introduced in House (IH)]






108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4090

     To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to extend the trade adjustment 
   assistance program to the services sector, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 31, 2004

     Mr. Camp (for himself, Ms. Dunn, Mr. English, Mrs. Johnson of 
    Connecticut, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Upton, Mr. Foley, Mr. Rogers of 
 Michigan, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Nethercutt, and 
 Mr. Weller) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                      Committee on Ways and Means

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                                 A BILL


 
     To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to extend the trade adjustment 
   assistance program to the services sector, and for other purposes.

    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 ``Trade Adjustment Assistance Equity 
for Service Workers Act of 2004''.

SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE TO SERVICES SECTOR.

    (a) Adjustment Assistance for Workers.--Section 221(a)(1)(A) of the 
Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2271(a)(1)(A)) is amended by striking 
``firm)'' and inserting ``firm, and workers in a service sector firm or 
subdivision of a service sector firm or public agency)''.
    (b) Group Eligibility Requirements.--Section 222 of the Trade Act 
of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2272) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by 
                striking ``agricultural firm)'' and inserting 
                ``agricultural firm, and workers in a service sector 
                firm or subdivision of a service sector firm or public 
                agency)'';
                    (B) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``or public 
                agency'' after ``of the firm''; and
                    (C) in paragraph (2)--
                            (i) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by striking 
                        ``like or directly competitive with articles 
                        produced'' and inserting ``or services like or 
                        directly competitive with articles produced or 
                        services provided'';
                            (ii) by striking the period at the end of 
                        subparagraph (B) and inserting ``; or''; and
                            (iii) by adding after subparagraph (B) the 
                        following:
                    ``(C)(i) there has been a shift, by such workers' 
                firm, subdivision, or public agency to a foreign 
                country, in provision of services, like or directly 
                competitive with services which are provided by such 
                firm, subdivision, or public agency; or
                    ``(ii) such workers' firm, subdivision, or public 
                agency has obtained or is likely to obtain such 
                services from a foreign country.'';
            (2) in subsection (b)--
                    (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by 
                striking ``agricultural firm)'' and inserting 
                ``agricultural firm, and workers in a service sector 
                firm or subdivision of a service sector firm or public 
                agency)'';
                    (B) in paragraph (2), by inserting ``or service'' 
                after ``related to the article''; and
                    (C) in paragraph (3)(A), by inserting ``or 
                services'' after ``component parts'';
            (3) in subsection (c)--
                    (A) in paragraph (3)--
                            (i) by inserting ``or services'' after 
                        ``value-added production processes'';
                            (ii) by striking ``or finishing'' and 
                        inserting ``, finishing, or testing'';
                            (iii) by inserting ``or services'' after 
                        ``for articles''; and
                            (iv) by inserting ``(or subdivision)'' 
                        after ``such other firm''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (4)--
                            (i) by striking ``for articles'' and 
                        inserting ``, or services, for articles or 
                        services''; and
                            (ii) by inserting ``(or subdivision)'' 
                        after ``such other firm''; and
            (4) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(d) Basis for Secretary's Determinations.--
            ``(1) Increased imports.--For purposes of subsection 
        (a)(2)(A)(ii), the Secretary may determine that increased 
        imports of like or directly competitive services exist if the 
        workers' firm or subdivision or customers of the workers' firm 
        or subdivision accounting for not less than 20 percent of the 
        sales of the workers' firm or subdivision certify to the 
        Secretary that they are obtaining such articles or services 
        from a foreign country.
            ``(2) Obtaining services abroad.--For purposes of 
        subsection (a)(2)(C)(ii), the Secretary may determine that the 
        workers' firm, subdivision, or public agency has obtained or is 
        likely to obtain like or directly competitive services from a 
        foreign country based on a certification thereof from the 
        workers' firm, subdivision, or public agency.
            ``(3) Authority of the secretary.--The Secretary may obtain 
        the certifications under paragraphs (1) and (2) through 
        questionnaires or in such other manner as the Secretary 
        determines is appropriate.''.
    (c) Training.--Section 236(a)(2)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 
U.S.C. 2296(a)(2)(A)) is amended by striking ``$220,000,000'' and 
inserting ``$440,000,000''.
    (d) Definitions.--Section 247 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 
2319) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or public agency'' after ``of a 
                firm''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or public agency'' after ``or 
                subdivision'';
            (2) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting ``or public agency'' 
        after ``the firm'';
            (3) by redesignating paragraphs (8) through (17) as 
        paragraphs (9) through (18), respectively; and
            (4) by inserting after paragraph (6) the following:
            ``(7) The term `public agency' means a department or agency 
        of a State or local government or of the Federal Government.
            ``(8) The term `service sector firm' means an entity 
        engaged in the business of providing services.''.
    (e) Technical Amendment.--Section 245(a) of the Trade Act of 1974 
(19 U.S.C. 2317(a)) is amended by striking ``, other than subchapter 
D''.

SEC. 3. TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE FOR FIRMS AND INDUSTRIES.

    (a) Firms.--
            (1) Assistance.--Section 251 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 
        U.S.C. 2341) is amended--
                    (A) in subsection (a), by inserting ``or service 
                sector firm'' after ``(including any agricultural 
                firm'';
                    (B) in subsection (c)(1)--
                            (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph 
                        (A), by inserting ``or service sector firm'' 
                        after ``any agricultural firm'';
                            (ii) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by inserting 
                        ``or service'' after ``of an article''; and
                            (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking 
                        ``articles like or directly competitive with 
                        articles which are produced'' and inserting 
                        ``articles or services like or directly 
                        competitive with articles or services which are 
                        produced or provided''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(e) Basis for Secretary Determination.--
            ``(1) Increased imports.--For purposes of subsection 
        (c)(1)(C), the Secretary may determine that increases of 
        imports of like or directly competitive services exist if 
        customers of the firm accounting for not less than 20 percent 
        of the sales of the firm certify to the Secretary that they are 
        obtaining such articles or services from a foreign country.
            ``(2) Authority of the secretary.--The Secretary may obtain 
        the certifications under paragraph (1) through questionnaires 
        or in such other manner as the Secretary determines is 
        appropriate. The subpoena power described in section 249 shall 
        be extended to the Secretary of Commerce for purposes of 
        carrying out this subsection.''.
            (2) Authorization of appropriations.--Section 256(b) of the 
        Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2346(b)) is amended by striking 
        ``$16,000,000'' and inserting ``$32,000,000''.
            (3) Definition.--Section 261 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 
        U.S.C. 2351) is amended--
                    (A) by striking ``For purposes of'' and inserting 
                ``(a) Firm.--For purposes of''; and
                    (B) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) Service Sector Firm.--For purposes of this chapter, the term 
`service sector firm' means a firm engaged in the business of providing 
services.''.
    (b) Industries.--Section 265(a) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 
2355(a)) is amended by inserting ``or service'' after ``new product''.
    (c) Clerical Amendment.--(1) Section 249 of the Trade Act of 1974 
(19 U.S.C. 2321) is amended--
            (A) by amending the section heading to read as follows:

``SEC. 249. SUBPOENA AUTHORITY. '';

        and
            (B) by striking ``subpena'' each place it appears and 
        inserting ``subpoena''.
    (2) The item relating to section 249 in the table of contents of 
the Trade Act of 1974 is amended to read as follows:

``249. Subpoena authority.''.

SEC. 4. MONITORING AND REPORTING.

    Section 282 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2393) is amended--
            (1) in the first sentence--
                    (A) by striking ``The Secretary'' and inserting 
                ``(a) Monitoring Programs.--The Secretary'';
                    (B) by inserting ``and services'' after ``imports 
                of articles'';
                    (C) by inserting ``and domestic provision of 
                services'' after ``domestic production'';
                    (D) by inserting ``or providing services'' after 
                ``producing articles''; and
                    (E) by inserting ``, or provision of services,'' 
                after ``changes in production''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) Collection of Data and Reports on Services Sector.--
            ``(1) Secretary of labor.--Not later than 3 months after 
        the date of the enactment of the Trade Adjustment Assistance 
        Equity for Service Workers Act of 2004, the Secretary of Labor 
        shall implement a system to collect data on adversely affected 
        service workers that includes the number of workers by State, 
        industry, and cause of dislocation of each worker.
            ``(2) Secretary of commerce.--Not later than 6 months after 
        such date of enactment, the Secretary of Commerce shall, in 
        consultation with the Secretary of Labor, conduct a study and 
        report to the Congress on ways to improve the timeliness and 
        coverage of data on trade in services, including methods to 
        identify increased imports due to the relocation of United 
        States firms to foreign countries, and increased imports due to 
        United States firms obtaining services from firms in foreign 
        countries.''.
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