Text: S.824 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

There is one version of the bill.

Text available as:

Shown Here:
Introduced in Senate (03/19/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 824


To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 19, 2015

Mrs. Shaheen (for herself, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Franken, and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


A BILL

To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 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; table of contents.

(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act of 2015”.

(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents of this Act is as follows:


Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 101. Limitations on outstanding loans, guarantees, and insurance.

Sec. 102. Extension of authority.

Sec. 103. Reauthorization of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee.

Sec. 104. Reauthorization of dual-use exports.

Sec. 201. Increase in small business lending requirements.

Sec. 202. Recommendations to increase small business outreach.

Sec. 203. Technical assistance for small businesses.

Sec. 204. Exposure limit estimates.

Sec. 205. Small business and medium-sized enterprises reports.

Sec. 206. Medium-sized enterprises.

Sec. 207. Participation and risk-sharing by private sector lenders.

Sec. 208. Risk-sharing arrangements.

Sec. 209. Promoting renewable energy exports.

Sec. 301. Codifying the role of the Chief Risk Officer.

Sec. 302. Reports on ethics requirements of the Bank.

Sec. 303. Employee financial disclosures.

Sec. 304. Supplemental ethics regulations.

Sec. 305. Annual employee certifications.

Sec. 401. Enhanced audit controls.

Sec. 402. Independent evaluation of Bank portfolio.

Sec. 403. External review of fraud controls.

Sec. 501. Enhanced monitoring and due diligence for structured and project finance transactions.

Sec. 502. Monitoring plans and post-approval assessments for structured and project finance transactions.

Sec. 503. Reserving the right of inspection.

Sec. 601. Electronic payments and documents.

Sec. 602. Reauthorization of information technology updating.

Sec. 603. Information technology modernization.

Sec. 604. Modernizing the disclosure of environmental reports.

Sec. 701. Leveling the playing field for United States exporters.

Sec. 702. Prohibiting illegal support of foreign exports.

SEC. 101. Limitations on outstanding loans, guarantees, and insurance.

Section 6(a)(2) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635e(a)(2)) is amended to read as follows:

“(2) APPLICABLE AMOUNT.—In paragraph (1), the term ‘applicable amount’ means, for fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, $140,000,000,000, except that—

“(A) the applicable amount for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 shall be $145,000,000,000 if the rate calculated under section 8(g)(1) of this Act is less than 2 percent for the quarter ending with the beginning of the fiscal year, or for any quarter in the fiscal year;

“(B) notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the applicable amount for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 shall be $150,000,000,000 if the rate calculated under section 8(g)(1) of this Act is less than 2 percent for the quarter ending with the beginning of the fiscal year, or for any quarter in the fiscal year;

“(C) notwithstanding subparagraphs (A) and (B), the applicable amount for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 shall be $155,000,000,000 if the rate calculated under section 8(g)(1) of this Act is less than 2 percent for the quarter ending with the beginning of the fiscal year, or for any quarter in the fiscal year; and

“(D) notwithstanding subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), the applicable amount for fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter shall be $160,000,000,000 if the rate calculated under section 8(g)(1) of this Act is less than 2 percent for the quarter ending with the beginning of the fiscal year, or for any quarter in the fiscal year.”.

SEC. 102. Extension of authority.

Section 7 of the Export-Import Bank Act of (12 U.S.C. 635f) is amended by striking “2014” and inserting “2022”.

SEC. 103. Reauthorization of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee.

Section 2(b)(9)(B)(iii) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(b)(9)(B)(iii)) is amended by striking “September 30, 2014” and inserting “the date specified in section 7”.

SEC. 104. Reauthorization of dual-use exports.

Section 1 of Public Law 103–428 (12 U.S.C. 635 note) is amended by striking subsection (c).

SEC. 201. Increase in small business lending requirements.

Section 2(b)(1)(E)(v) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(b)(1)(E)(v)) is amended by striking “20 percent” and inserting “25 percent”.

SEC. 202. Recommendations to increase small business outreach.

Section 3(d) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635a(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(6) (A) The Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to the Bank on ways to encourage increased participation by private financial institutions in providing outreach about the Bank to small business concerns (as defined under section 3(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)).

“(B) The Bank shall—

“(i) review all recommendations made by the Advisory Committee under this paragraph and implement a program to expand outreach about the Bank to small business concerns through increased participation by private financial institutions; and

“(ii) encourage commercial banks, community banks, and insurance brokers to expand their outreach about the Bank to small business concerns.”.

SEC. 203. Technical assistance for small businesses.

Section 2(b)(1)(E)(i) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(b)(1)(E)(i)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(III) The Bank shall provide technical assistance to small businesses on how to apply for financial assistance provided by the Bank (such as through training classes and online webinars).”.

SEC. 204. Exposure limit estimates.

Section 8 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635g) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(k) Exposure limit estimates.—The Bank shall include in its annual report to Congress under subsection (a)—

“(1) an estimate of the anticipated demand for the loan, guarantee, and insurance programs of the Bank for the 2 succeeding years, disaggregated by—

“(A) industry sector;

“(B) whether the products involved are short-term loans, medium-term loans, long-term loans, insurance, medium-term loan guarantees, or long-term loan guarantees; and

“(C) key market;

“(2) a justification for the estimate described in paragraph (1), including a discussion of the factors which could increase or decrease demand for the products of the Bank;

“(3) an analysis of the ability of the Bank to meet its mandates with respect to small business, sub-Saharan Africa, and renewable energy under the estimated exposure limit described in paragraph (1); and

“(4) an analysis of the adequacy of the administrative and programmatic resources of the Bank to effectively process, approve, and monitor financing provided by the Bank, including the conducting of required economic impact analyses and environmental assessments, under the estimated exposure limit described in paragraph (1).”.

SEC. 205. Small business and medium-sized enterprises reports.

(a) In general.—The Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 8A the following:

“SEC. 8B. Small business concerns and medium-sized enterprises reports.

“(a) Study.—Not later than 360 days after the date of the enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Bank shall—

“(1) carry out a study on the financial programs and products of the Bank that support exports from small business concerns and enterprises that use or seek to use the medium-term programs offered by the Bank, including the programs and products with respect to the implementation of the export credit insurance program, delegated lending authority, and direct loans of the Bank; and

“(2) determine the extent to which financial programs and products adequately meet the needs of small business concerns and enterprises that use or seek to use the medium-term programs offered by the Bank in obtaining Bank financing to support the maintenance or creation of jobs in the United States through exports, consistent with the policies of the Bank and the requirement that the Bank obtain a reasonable assurance of repayment.

“(b) Report.—On the completion of the study required under subsection (a), the Bank shall submit to Congress a report containing—

“(1) all findings and determinations made by the Bank in carrying out the study;

“(2) an analysis of the extent to which small business concerns and enterprises that use or seek to use the medium-term programs offered by the Bank supply exporters with goods and services, the content of which is included in exports supported by a Bank program; and

“(3) recommendations to enhance the support the Bank may provide small business concerns and enterprises that use or seek to use the medium-term programs offered by the Bank.

“(c) Small business concern defined.—In this section, the term ‘small business concern’ has the meaning given the term under section 3(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)).”.

(b) Report on bank support for small and medium-Sized companies through supply chains.—Section 8 of such Act (12 U.S.C. 635g), as amended by section 204 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(l) Bank support for small and medium-Sized companies through supply chains.—For each transaction with respect to which the Bank is required to notify Congress under section 3(b)(3), the Bank shall collect information on the size of each company in the supply chain with respect to the transaction using the thresholds in the Statistics of U.S. Businesses of the Census Bureau. The Bank shall include a summary of the information collected under this subsection in its annual report to Congress under subsection (a).”.

SEC. 206. Medium-sized enterprises.

Section 2(b)(1)(F) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(b)(1)(F)) is amended to read as follows:

“(F) Fair consideration for medium-Sized enterprises.—In addition to the programs of the Bank to encourage the participation of small businesses in international commerce, the policies of the Bank shall give fair consideration to making loans and providing guarantees for the export of goods and services by enterprises that use, or seek to use, the medium-term programs offered by the Bank.”.

SEC. 207. Participation and risk-sharing by private sector lenders.

(a) Assessment required.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall conduct a comparative assessment of the practices of export credit agencies of other countries that are major providers of official export credit and member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development with respect to risk- or fee-sharing arrangements, to determine the extent to which the Bank could take steps to increase the share of loan-level risk borne by the private sector.

(b) Establishment of programs.—On the conclusion of the assessment required under subsection (a), the Bank shall, if warranted, establish programs under which private financial institutions may share risk in the loans, guarantees, and other products of the Bank in exchange for receiving fees received from the participants in the programs. The fees to a private financial institution shall be commensurate with the level of risk taken by the institution.

SEC. 208. Risk-sharing arrangements.

(a) In general.—Section 2(c)(2) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(c)(2)) is amended—

(1) by striking “(2) The Bank” and inserting the following:

“(2) Guarantees, insurance, coinsurance, and reinsurance.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The Bank”; and

(2) by adding after and below the end the following new subparagraph:

“(B) Expansion of risk-Sharing activities.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—In furtherance of subparagraph (A), in order to expand activities that reduce the share of risk borne by the Bank, the Bank may enter into contracts of reinsurance, co-finance, or other risk-sharing arrangements with respect to the Bank’s portfolio or individual transactions with insurance companies, financial institutions, or export credit agencies.

“(ii) LIMITATION.—The total amount of outstanding risk-sharing arrangements entered into under clause (i) shall not exceed $25,000,000,000.

“(iii) SPECIAL RULE.—

“(I) IN GENERAL.—To the extent that a loan, guarantee, or insurance obligation of the Bank is covered by a risk-sharing arrangement entered into under clause (i) with an entity that meets the standards of creditworthiness established under subclause (II), the obligation shall be discounted by an amount that reflects the extent to which the Bank has reduced its overall risk exposure as a result of the risk-sharing arrangement for the purposes of section 6(a)(1).

“(II) CREDITWORTHINESS STANDARDS.—The Bank shall establish the standards of creditworthiness referred to in subclause (I) in consultation with Federal banking and securities regulators and participants in the Interagency Country Risk Assessment System.”.

(b) Progress reports.—Section 8 of such Act (12 U.S.C. 635g), as amended by sections 204 and 205(b) of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(m) Progress report on expansion of risk-Sharing activities.—The Bank shall include in its annual report to Congress under subsection (a) a summary of—

“(1) the extent to which the Bank has exercised the authority provided in section 2(c)(2)(B)(i); and

“(2) the experience of the Bank in exercising such authority, including any lessons learned from exercising such authority.”.

SEC. 209. Promoting renewable energy exports.

(a) In general.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall develop a clear and comprehensive strategic plan to identify how to most effectively promote the export of goods and services related to renewable energy and end-use energy efficiency technology.

(b) Elements.—The strategic plan required by subsection (a) shall include—

(1) an assessment of the adequacy of resources, including the allocation of human capital and administrative funds, to meet the goal of allocating at least 10 percent of the Bank's aggregate financing to renewable energy or end-use energy efficiency technology related transactions;

(2) benchmarks used to measure progress towards meeting the goal described in paragraph (1);

(3) outreach to stakeholders, including State-level trade promotion agencies, environmental industry associations and experts, delegated lenders, and others as determined by the President of the Bank to be appropriate;

(4) an assessment of external and internal factors affecting progress towards meeting the goal described in paragraph (1); and

(5) the specific steps the Bank will take through fiscal year 2022 to achieve the goal described in paragraph (1).

SEC. 301. Codifying the role of the Chief Risk Officer.

Section 3 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635a) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(k) Chief risk officer.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the Bank, the President of the Bank shall appoint, from among individuals with experience at a senior level in financial risk management, a Chief Risk Officer—

“(A) who shall rank not lower than senior vice president;

“(B) whose sole function shall be to serve as the Chief Risk Officer of the Bank; and

“(C) who shall report directly to the President of the Bank.

“(2) DUTIES.—The Chief Risk Officer shall develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive process for identifying, assessing, monitoring, and reducing Bank-wide risk.”.

SEC. 302. Reports on ethics requirements of the Bank.

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act—

(1) the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate a report that provides a detailed description of the ethics programs of the Bank, including the applicable laws and regulations, ethics training programs, financial disclosure requirements, fraud detection training programs, advice rendered on ethics, conflicts of interest, protocols with the Inspector General, and any other matters relating thereto; and

(2) the Director of the Office of Government Ethics shall submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate a report reviewing the ethics program of the Bank that—

(A) evaluates compliance by the Bank with ethics requirements set forth in relevant laws, regulations, and policies; and

(B) evaluates the systems, processes, and procedures of the Bank for administering the ethics program of the Bank.

SEC. 303. Employee financial disclosures.

Section 8 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635g), as amended by sections 204, 205(b), and 208(b) of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(n) Employee financial disclosures.—The Bank shall include in its annual report to Congress under subsection (a) the total number of Bank employees who are required to file a financial disclosure statement pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), a clear and concise summary of the financial disclosure requirements that apply to Bank employees, and a summary of the rights of the public to access financial disclosures made by Bank employees.”.

SEC. 304. Supplemental ethics regulations.

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall conduct a risk assessment of the vulnerability of its programs to employee misconduct based upon a historical review of adverse employment actions taken by the Bank and, if appropriate, shall issue updated supplemental standards of ethical conduct for employees of the Bank pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.).

SEC. 305. Annual employee certifications.

Section 3 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635a), as amended by section 301 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(l) Annual employee certifications.—The President of the Bank shall implement a policy that requires all directors, officers, and employees of the Bank to certify annually that they have read, understand, and complied with, and will continue to comply with, the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch under part 2635 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. The annual certifications shall contain a statement that notifies the signatory that section 1001 of title 18, United States Code, applies to the certification.”.

SEC. 401. Enhanced audit controls.

Section 2 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(k) Corporate governance and internal controls.—

“(1) AUDIT TRAIL.—The Bank shall ensure complete and accurate records are maintained to provide an audit trail for each transaction subject to approval by the Board from application through close-out, including eligibility and due diligence.

“(2) QUALITY CONTROL REVIEW PROGRAM.—The Bank shall establish a quality control review program to ensure compliance with Bank policies and the accuracy of records for all types of transactions subject to approval by the Board.”.

SEC. 402. Independent evaluation of Bank portfolio.

(a) Audit.—The Inspector General of the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall conduct an audit or evaluation of the portfolio risk management procedures of the Bank, including a review of the implementation by the Bank of the duties assigned to the Chief Risk Officer under section 3(k) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, as added by section 301 of this Act.

(b) Report.—Not later than 18 months after the date the Board of Directors of the Bank approves the appointment of the Chief Risk Officer, the Inspector General shall submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate a written report containing all findings and determinations made in carrying out subsection (a).

SEC. 403. External review of fraud controls.

Section 17(b) of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (12 U.S.C. 635a–6(b)) is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Review of fraud controls.—Not less frequently than every 4 years, the Comptroller General of the United States shall—

“(1) review the adequacy of the design and effectiveness of the controls used by the Export-Import Bank of the United States to prevent, detect, and investigate fraudulent applications for loans and guarantees and the compliance by the Bank with the controls, including by auditing a sample of Bank transactions; and

“(2) submit to the Committees on Financial Services and Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Appropriations of the Senate a written report regarding the findings of the review and providing such recommendations with respect to the controls described in paragraph (1) as the Comptroller General deems appropriate.”.

SEC. 501. Enhanced monitoring and due diligence for structured and project finance transactions.

Section 2 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635), as amended by section 401 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(l) Customer and reputational assessments.—The Bank shall perform or cause to be performed ‘risk-based due diligence’, ‘know your customer’, and ‘character, reputational, and transaction integrity’ assessments (as those terms are defined by the Bank) of persons who benefit directly from Bank financing in structured finance and project finance transactions, to the extent practicable.”.

SEC. 502. Monitoring plans and post-approval assessments for structured and project finance transactions.

Section 2 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635), as amended by sections 401 and 501 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(m) Individualized plans.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Bank shall develop a specific monitoring plan for each structured finance or project finance transaction prior to final approval by the Board that addresses the specific risks presented by the structure of the deal, including the financial stability of the sponsor of the project, risks of unproven technology, social and environmental conditions, and interest rate or exchange rate volatility.

“(2) ELEMENTS.—A plan required by paragraph (1) with respect to a transaction shall include, at a minimum—

“(A) a review of financial statements;

“(B) a review of engineering reports;

“(C) a review of environmental assessments; and

“(D) site visits for engineers and members of the Asset Management Division of the Bank.

“(n) Post-Approval review.—The Bank shall—

“(1) review each structured finance and project finance transaction referred to in subsection (m) not later than 2 years after funds are first disbursed for the transaction, on a regular and ongoing basis as appropriate thereafter, and not later than 1 year after the final disbursement of funds with respect to the transaction; and

“(2) submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate a report summarizing all findings and determinations made in each review conducted under paragraph (1), subject to protections for business confidential information.”.

SEC. 503. Reserving the right of inspection.

Section 2 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635), as amended by sections 401, 501, and 502 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(o) Monitoring of transactions that are subject to Board approval.—

“(1) RIGHT OF INSPECTION.—The Bank, or its agent, shall reserve the right of inspection in any credit agreement for a transaction subject to the approval of the Board of Directors sufficient to validate that disbursements pursuant to the agreement comply with the law and the policies and procedures of the Bank. The right of inspection shall include a right to examine the books and records of the obligor regarding the transaction.

“(2) STAFFING.—The Bank shall ensure that sufficient staff are allocated to monitor and validate compliance by obligors with respect to transactions subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.”.

SEC. 601. Electronic payments and documents.

Section 2(b)(1)(J) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635(b)(1)(J)) is amended—

(1) by striking “The Bank” and inserting “(i) The Bank”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

    “(ii) Not later than 30 months after the date of the enactment of the Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act of 2015, the Bank shall implement policies—

    “(I) to accept electronic documents whenever possible, including copies of bills of lading, certifications, and compliance documents, in such a manner as will not undermine any potential civil or criminal enforcement related to the transaction; and

    “(II) to accept electronic payments in all of its programs.”.

SEC. 602. Reauthorization of information technology updating.

Section 3(j) of the Export-Import Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635a(j)) is amended—

(1) in the subsection heading, by striking “bank surplus” and inserting “administrative funds”;

(2) in paragraph (1), by striking “Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), the Bank may use an amount equal to 1.25 percent of the surplus of the Bank during fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 to” and inserting “Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Bank may use amounts made available to the Bank for administrative expenses, including fees for systems infrastructure, to”;

(3) by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively; and

(4) in paragraph (2) (as so redesignated), by striking “for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 shall not exceed $20,000,000” and inserting “, for the period beginning on the date of the enactment of the Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act of 2015 and ending on the date specified in section 7, shall not exceed $45,000,000”.

SEC. 603. Information technology modernization.

Section 3 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635a), as amended by sections 301 and 305 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“(m) Information technology infrastructure assessment and plan.—The Bank shall—

“(1) conduct an assessment of its information technology infrastructure and its use of information technology; and

“(2) develop a clear and comprehensive information technology strategic plan that—

“(A) meets the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget;

“(B) takes into account best practices related to the security and privacy of the information technology infrastructure and networks of the Bank;

“(C) promotes technological innovation in order to enhance the efficiency and quality of services provided to users of the Bank, particularly small businesses and their customers;

“(D) includes a detailed assessment of the cost associated with implementing the plan, including whether additional administrative funds are necessary to effectively implement the plan, and, if so, a detailed justification summarizing how the additional funds will be spent.

“(n) Data management policy.—The Bank shall develop formal data management policy and procedures that—

“(1) ensure complete and accurate data with respect to participants in the Bank's programs is captured in the database of the Bank in a readily accessible medium; and

“(2) define which information is required for reporting purposes.”.

SEC. 604. Modernizing the disclosure of environmental reports.

Section 11 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (12 U.S.C. 635i–5) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1), by striking “Such procedures shall provide” and all that follows through “The preceding sentence” and inserting the following: “Such procedures shall provide for the public disclosure on the Bank’s website of environmental assessments and supplemental environmental reports required to be submitted to the Bank, including remediation or mitigation plans and procedures, and related monitoring reports. Public disclosure of reports under the preceding sentence shall be provided for not later than 15 business days after the Bank receives the reports. The preceding sentences”; and

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) by striking “(b)” and all that follows through “The Bank” and inserting the following:

“(b) Use of bank programs To encourage certain export.—The Bank”; and

(B) by striking paragraph (2).

SEC. 701. Leveling the playing field for United States exporters.

Section 11 of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (12 U.S.C. 635a–5) is amended by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the following:

“(a) Negotiations To bring non-OECD members into the OECD arrangement on officially supported export credits.—The Secretary of the Treasury shall initiate and pursue negotiations with countries that are not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to bring those countries into a multilateral agreement establishing rules and limitations on officially supported export credits.

“(b) Annual reports on progress of negotiations.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act of 2015, and annually thereafter through calendar year 2022, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate a report on the progress of any negotiations described in subsection (a).”.

SEC. 702. Prohibiting illegal support of foreign exports.

The United States Trade Representative shall—

(1) seek to identify the extent to which countries that are members of the World Trade Organization and are not parties to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are in compliance with the terms of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures referred to in section 101(d)(12) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3511(d)(12)) with respect to export finance; and

(2) seek appropriate action within the World Trade Organization for each country that is not in compliance with the terms of that Agreement.


Share This