Text: H.R.7064 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/16/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7064


To require the United States Trade Representative to certify certain trade agreements respecting labor and the environment entered into by the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 16, 2018

Mr. Coffman introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To require the United States Trade Representative to certify certain trade agreements respecting labor and the environment entered into by 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.

This Act may be cited as the “Fair Environmental Trade Agreements Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Limitations on procedures with respect to labor and the environment.

(a) Limitations on procedures with respect to labor and the environment.—Section 106(b) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4205(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(7) LIMITATIONS ON PROCEDURES WITH RESPECT TO LABOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT.—The trade authorities procedures shall not apply to any implementing bill submitted with respect to a trade agreement or trade agreements entered into under section 103(b) unless upon the submission of such bill to Congress the United States Trade Representative certifies to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate that such trade agreement—

“(A) meets the applicable objectives with respect to labor and the environment described in section 102(b)(10); and

“(B) includes a mechanism or mechanisms to implement and enforce any provision in such agreement relating to labor or the environment.”.

(b) Effective Date.—Paragraph (7) of section 106(b) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4205(b)), as added by subsection (a) of this Act, shall apply to trade agreements entered into or renegotiated beginning on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this section.

SEC. 3. Certification of certain agreements.

(a) Certification of certain agreements.—Upon the submission of an implementing bill concerning a trade agreement or trade agreements, the United States Trade Representative shall certify to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate that such trade agreement or trade agreements entered into by the United States—

(1) meet the applicable objectives with respect to labor and the environment described in section 102(b)(10) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4202(b)(10)); and

(2) include a mechanism or mechanisms to implement and enforce any provision in such agreement relating to labor or the environment.

(b) Application.—Subsection (a) shall apply to implementing bills submitted with respect to trade agreements entered into on or after—

(1) July 1, 2018, if the requirements of section 103(c)(1)(A) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4202(c)(1)(A)) are not satisfied; or

(2) the date set forth under section 103(c)(1)(B) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4202(c)(1)(B)).

(c) Implementing bill defined.—In this section, the term “implementing bill” has the meaning given the term in section 103(b)(3) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4202(b)(3)).