Text: H.R.6311 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6311

To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the United States Trade Representative to take discretionary action if a foreign country is engaging in unreasonable acts, policies, or practices relating to the environment, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 29, 2010

Mr. Blumenauer (for himself, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, and Mr. Doggett) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the United States Trade Representative to take discretionary action if a foreign country is engaging in unreasonable acts, policies, or practices relating to the environment, 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. Environmental protection in trade relations.

Section 301(d)(3)(B) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2411(d)(3)(B)) is amended—

(1) in clause (ii), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in clause (iii)(V), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(iv) constitutes a persistent pattern of conduct that—

“(I) fails to effectively enforce the environmental laws of a foreign country;

“(II) waives or otherwise derogates from the environmental laws of a foreign country or weakens the protections afforded by such laws;

“(III) fails to provide for judicial or administrative proceedings giving access to remedies for violations of the environmental laws of a foreign country; or

“(IV) fails to provide appropriate and effective sanctions or remedies for violations of the environmental laws of a foreign country.”.