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HR 434 - Africa Free Trade bill - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 106-200 -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (77-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Africa Free Trade bill

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that would offer trade benefits to over 70 African and Caribbean countries that meet specified criteria and eliminate certain trade barriers.

Highlights:

Sub-Saharan benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for sub-Saharan benefit package on a country's progress in establishing a market-based economy, a democratic society, a set of economic policies that promote private enterprise and reduce poverty, and a system to combat corruption and bribery and promote political freedom.
  • Instructs the President, when determining eligibility for sub-Saharan benefits, to consider a country's human rights record, its record of respecting internationally recognized workers' rights, and any potential links to international terrorism it may have.
  • Instructs the President to establish a United States-Sub-Saharan African Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum within twelve months of bill's enactment.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible sub-Saharan countries.
  • Requires eligible sub-Saharan countries to implement laws that make transshipment of such goods illegal and allow United States Customs access to investigate transshipment allegations.

Caribbean benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for Caribbean benefit package on a country's progress in providing protection of intellectual property rights, respecting internationally recognized worker rights, providing protections to investors and investments of the United States, meeting counter-narcotics criteria, and offering competitive access to markets for United States exports.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible Caribbean countries.
  • Authorizes the President to reduce the quantities of textile and apparel articles that may be imported into the United States from a Caribbean country if that country has failed to stop or diminish instances of transshipment.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (309-110) - (Key vote)

Title: Africa Free Trade bill

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that would offer trade benefits to over 70 African and Caribbean countries that meet specified criteria and eliminate certain trade barriers.

Highlights:

Sub-Saharan benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for sub-Saharan benefit package on a country's progress in establishing a market-based economy, a democratic society, a set of economic policies that promote private enterprise and reduce poverty, and a system to combat corruption and bribery and promote political freedom.
  • Instructs the President, when determining eligibility for sub-Saharan benefits, to consider a country's human rights record, its record of respecting internationally recognized workers' rights, and any potential links to international terrorism it may have.
  • Instructs the President to establish a United States-Sub-Saharan African Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum within twelve months of bill's enactment.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible sub-Saharan countries.
  • Requires eligible sub-Saharan countries to implement laws that make transshipment of such goods illegal and allow United States Customs access to investigate transshipment allegations.

Caribbean benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for Caribbean benefit package on a country's progress in providing protection of intellectual property rights, respecting internationally recognized worker rights, providing protections to investors and investments of the United States, meeting counter-narcotics criteria, and offering competitive access to markets for United States exports.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible Caribbean countries.
  • Authorizes the President to reduce the quantities of textile and apparel articles that may be imported into the United States from a Caribbean country if that country has failed to stop or diminish instances of transshipment.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (76-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Africa Free Trade bill

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would offer trade benefits to over 70 African and Caribbean countries that meet specified criteria and eliminate certain trade barriers.

Highlights:

Sub-Saharan benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for sub-Saharan benefit package on a country's progress in establishing a market-based economy, a democratic society, a set of economic policies that promote private enterprise and reduce poverty, and a system to combat corruption and bribery and promote political freedom.
  • Instructs the President, when determining eligibility for sub-Saharan benefits, to consider a country's human rights record and any potential links to international terrorism it may have.
  • Instructs the President to establish a United States-Sub-Saharan African Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum within twelve months of bill's enactment.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible sub-Saharan countries.
  • Requires eligible sub-Saharan countries to implement laws that make transshipment of such goods illegal and allow United States Customs access to investigate transshipment allegations 

Caribbean benefit package:

  • Bases eligibility for Caribbean benefit package on a country's progress in providing protection of intellectual property rights, respecting internationally recognized workers' rights, providing protections to investors and investments of the United States, meeting counter-narcotics criteria, and offering competitive access to markets for United States exports.
  • Grants duty-free, quota-free status to apparel articles and textile luggage assembled from United States fabrics, as well as to certain hand-made and hand-loomed articles originating in eligible Caribbean countries.
  • Authorizes the President to reduce the quantities of textile and apparel articles that may be imported into the United States from a Caribbean country if that country has failed to stop or diminish instances of transshipment.

Other:

  • Establishes normal trade relations with Albania and Kyrgyzstan.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (234-163) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Africa Free Trade bill

Sponsors

  • Philip M. Crane (IL - ) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Richard Hugh Baker (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William E. 'Bill' Barrett (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Douglas K. 'Doug' Bereuter (NE - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Brian P. Bilbray (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David Lee 'Dave' Camp (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Campbell (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Donna Marie Christensen (VI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James 'Jim' Davis (FL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Dale 'Tom' DeLay (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Norman DeValois 'Norm' Dicks (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Julian C. Dixon (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John T. Doolittle (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David T. Dreier (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer B. Dunn (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Vernon J. 'Vern' Ehlers (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip 'Phil' English (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas W. Ewing (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Eni FH Faleomavaega (AS - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Foley (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Harold Ford Jr. (TN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Tony P. Hall (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Earl F. Hilliard Jr. (AL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Amory 'Amo' Houghton Jr. (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • William J. Jefferson (LA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Nancy L. Johnson (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph K. 'Joe' Knollenberg (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James T. 'Jim' Kolbe (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert T. Matsui (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Karen McCarthy (MO - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill McCollum (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Scott McInnis (CO - ) (Out Of Office)
  • David M. McIntosh (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael R. 'Mike' McNulty (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Carrie P. Meek (FL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gary G. Miller (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James P. 'Jim' Moran Jr. (VA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Major R. Owens (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald M. Payne (NJ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas E. 'Tom' Petri (WI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Edward Porter (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert J. 'Rob' Portman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • George P. Radanovich (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Ramstad (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Matthew 'Matt' Salmon (AZ - ) (Out Of Office)
  • E. Clay Shaw Jr. (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Victor F. 'Vic' Snyder (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ellen O. Tauscher (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • William M. 'Bill' Thomas (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Edolphus 'Ed' Towns (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Wexler (FL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank Rudolph Wolf (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Albert R. Wynn (MD - D) (Out Of Office)
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