Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) voted to approve HR 4105, "Applying Countervailing Duties to Nonmarket Economy Countries."
The bill overturns a December 2011 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court decision in GPX International Tire Corporation, allowing the Department of Commerce to continue applying countervailing duty (CVD) law to non-market economies (NMEs), such as China, when they are found to be subsidizing goods in a way that violates its WTO commitments.
The bill levels the playing field by re-establishing a free, fair, and competitive marketplace. It is consistent with U.S. WTO obligations and addresses an adverse WTO finding on "double remedies." The legislation also preserves the validity of the 24 existing countervailing duty orders which impact over 80 U.S. companies in 38 states.
"In a perfect world the U.S. government would not need to intervene regarding international trade measures. However, until all countries act responsibly, the United States must act to protect American businesses," said Rep. Buerkle.