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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[S. 3084 Reported in Senate (RS)]

                                                       Calendar No. 560
111th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                S. 3084

                          [Report No. 111-289]

     To increase the competitiveness of United States businesses, 
particularly small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, in interstate 
  and global commerce, foster job creation in the United States, and 
 assist United States businesses in developing or expanding commercial 
activities in interstate and global commerce by expanding the ambit of 
   the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and the 
 Technology Innovation Program to include projects that have potential 
 for commercial exploitation in nondomestic markets, providing for an 
 increase in related resources of the Department of Commerce, and for 
                            other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 5, 2010

 Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mr. LeMieux, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Wyden, Mr. 
    Warner, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Nelson of Florida, and Mr. Rockefeller) 
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the 
           Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

                           September 13, 2010

             Reported by Mr. Rockefeller with an amendment
 [Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in 
                                italic]

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                                 A BILL


 
     To increase the competitiveness of United States businesses, 
particularly small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, in interstate 
  and global commerce, foster job creation in the United States, and 
 assist United States businesses in developing or expanding commercial 
activities in interstate and global commerce by expanding the ambit of 
   the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and the 
Technology Innovation Program to include projects athat have potential 
 for commercial exploitation in nondomestic markets, providing for an 
 increase in related resources of the Department of Commerce, and for 
                            other purposes.

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

<DELETED>SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    This Act may be cited as the ``Export Promotion Act of 
2010''.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 2. HOLLINGS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIPS; 
              TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PROGRAM.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (a) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership 
Program.--Section 25(f) of the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278k(f)) is amended by adding at the end the 
following:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(7) Global marketplace projects.--In making 
        awards under this subsection, the Director, in consultation 
        with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board and 
        the Secretary of Commerce, shall encourage the submission of 
        applications for projects that have significant potential for 
        increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized United 
        States manufacturers in the global marketplace and may give a 
        preference to applications for such projects to the extent the 
        Director deems appropriate, taking into account the broader 
        purposes of this subsection.''.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Technology Innovation Program.--In awarding grants, 
cooperative agreements, or contracts under section 28 of the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278n), in addition 
to the award criteria set forth in subsection (c) of that section, the 
Director of the Institute may take into consideration whether an 
application has significant potential for enhancing the competitiveness 
of small and medium-sized United States manufacturers in the global 
marketplace, including promoting interstate commerce in the United 
States and increasing participation by United States businesses in the 
global marketplace. The Director shall consult with the TIP Advisory 
Board and the Secretary of Commerce in implementing this 
subsection.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 3. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND 
              PROMOTION ACTIVITIES.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    (a) In General.--During the 60-month period beginning on 
the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall 
increase the number of full time departmental employees whose primary 
responsibilities involve promoting or facilitating participation by 
United States businesses in the global marketplace and facilitating the 
entry into, or expansion of, such participation by United States 
businesses. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure 
that--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) the cohort of such employees is increased to a 
        strength that is not less than the number of individuals 
        employed by the Department with such responsibilities in fiscal 
        year 2004; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) a substantial portion of the increased cohort 
        is stationed outside the United States.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Enhanced Focus on U.S. Small and Medium-Sized 
Manufacturing Businesses.--In carrying out this section, the Secretary 
of Commerce shall take such action as may be necessary to ensure that 
the enhanced global marketplace promotional activities of the 
Department include promoting and facilitating participation in the 
global marketplace by small and medium-sized manufacturing 
businesses.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized 
to be appropriated to the Secretary for fiscal years 2011 through 2015, 
such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.</DELETED>

<DELETED>SEC. 4. IMPROVED ACCESS TO GLOBAL MARKETS FOR RURAL 
              BUSINESSES.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary 
of Commerce $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015 for 
the Department of Commerce's program to improve access to the global 
marketplace for goods and services provided by rural 
businesses.</DELETED>

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Export Promotion Act of 2010''.

SEC. 2. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION 
              ACTIVITIES.

    (a) In General.--During the 60-month period beginning on the date 
of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall increase the 
number of full time departmental employees whose primary 
responsibilities involve promoting or facilitating participation by 
United States businesses in the global marketplace and facilitating the 
entry into, or expansion of, such participation by United States 
businesses. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure 
that--
            (1) the cohort of such employees is increased to a strength 
        that is not less than the number of individuals employed by the 
        Department with such responsibilities in fiscal year 2004; and
            (2) a substantial portion of the increased cohort is 
        stationed outside the United States.
    (b) Enhanced Focus on U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.--In 
carrying out this section, the Secretary shall take such action as may 
be necessary to ensure that the enhanced global marketplace promotional 
activities of the Department include promoting and facilitating 
participation in the global marketplace by small and medium-sized 
businesses.
    (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to the Secretary for fiscal years 2011 through 2015, such 
sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

SEC. 3. IMPROVED ACCESS TO GLOBAL MARKETS FOR RURAL BUSINESSES.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of 
Commerce $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015 for the 
Department of Commerce's program to improve access to the global 
marketplace for goods and services provided by rural businesses.

SEC. 4. ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND GLOBAL BUSINESS 
              DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.

    (a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated to the 
Secretary of Commerce for the period beginning on the date of the 
enactment of this Act and ending 18 months thereafter, $30,000,000 to 
promote or facilitate participation by United States businesses in the 
global marketplace and facilitating the entry into, or expansion of, 
such participation by United States businesses.
    (b) Requirements.--In obligating and expending the funds authorized 
by subsection (a), the Secretary of Commerce shall give preference to 
activities that--
            (1) assist small- and medium-sized businesses in the United 
        States; and
            (2) the Secretary determines will create or sustain the 
        greatest number of jobs in the United States and obtain the 
        maximum return on investment.

SEC. 5. ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE EXPORTECH PROGRAM.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of 
Commerce $11,000,000 for the period beginning on the date of enactment 
of this Act and ending 18 months thereafter, to expand ExporTech, a 
joint program of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

SEC. 6. ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE MARKET DEVELOPMENT COOPERATOR 
              PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.

    (a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated to the 
Secretary of Commerce for the period beginning on the date of the 
enactment of this Act and ending 18 months thereafter, $15,000,000 for 
the Manufacturing and Services unit of the International Trade 
Administration--
            (1) to establish public-private partnerships under the 
        Market Development Cooperator Program of the International 
        Trade Administration; and
            (2) to underwrite a portion of the start-up costs for new 
        projects carried out under that Program to strengthen the 
        competitiveness and market share of United States industry, not 
        to exceed, for each such project, the lesser of--
                    (A) \1/3\ of the total start-up costs for the 
                project; or
                    (B) $500,000.
    (b) Requirements.--In obligating and expending the funds authorized 
by subsection (a), the Secretary of Commerce shall give preference to 
activities that--
            (1) assist small- and medium-sized businesses in the United 
        States; and
            (2) the Secretary determines will create or sustain the 
        greatest number of jobs in the United States and obtain the 
        maximum return on investment.

SEC. 7. HOLLINGS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIPS; TECHNOLOGY 
              INNOVATION PROGRAM.

    (a) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.--Section 
25(f) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 
U.S.C. 278k(f)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
            ``(7) Global marketplace projects.--In making awards under 
        this subsection, the Director, in consultation with the 
        Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board and the 
        Secretary of Commerce, may take into consideration whether an 
        application has significant potential for enhancing the 
        competitiveness of small and medium-sized United States 
        manufacturers in the global marketplace and may give a 
        preference to applications for such projects to the extent the 
        Director deems appropriate, taking into account the broader 
        purposes of this subsection.''.
    (b) Technology Innovation Program.--In awarding grants, cooperative 
agreements, or contracts under section 28 of the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278n), in addition to the award 
criteria set forth in subsection (c) of that section, the Director of 
the Institute may take into consideration whether an application has 
significant potential for enhancing the competitiveness of small and 
medium-sized United States manufacturers in the global marketplace. The 
Director shall consult with the TIP Advisory Board and the Secretary of 
Commerce in implementing this subsection.

SEC. 8. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING FEDERAL COLLABORATION WITH 
              STATES ON EXPORT PROMOTION ISSUES.

    It is the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Commerce should 
enhance Federal collaboration with the States on export promotion 
issues by--
            (1) providing the necessary training to the staff at State 
        international trade agencies to enable them to assist the 
        United States Foreign Commercial Service in providing 
        counseling and other export services to companies in their 
        localities, and
            (2) entering into agreements with State international trade 
        agencies for these agencies to deliver United States Foreign 
        Commercial Service services in their local communities in order 
        to extend the outreach of United States Foreign Commercial 
        Service programs.-

SEC. 9. REPORT ON TARIFF AND NONTARIFF BARRIERS.

    Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the United States Trade 
Representative and other appropriate entities, shall report to Congress 
on the tariff and nontariff barriers imposed by Columbia, the Republic 
of Korea, and Panama with respect to exports of firms in the United 
States, including small and medium-sized manufacturing firms.
                                                       Calendar No. 560

111th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                                S. 3084

                          [Report No. 111-289]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

     To increase the competitiveness of United States businesses, 
particularly small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, in interstate 
  and global commerce, foster job creation in the United States, and 
 assist United States businesses in developing or expanding commercial 
activities in interstate and global commerce by expanding the ambit of 
   the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and the 
 Technology Innovation Program to include projects that have potential 
 for commercial exploitation in nondomestic markets, providing for an 
 increase in related resources of the Department of Commerce, and for 
                            other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                           September 13, 2010

                       Reported with an amendment