Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced the commencement of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process on March 30, 2012, requiring Members to introduce bills by April 30, 2012. Due to the overwhelming Member interest in participating in the process, the Committee subsequently informed Members that they would meet the April 30 deadline if their draft bills were submitted to Legislative Counsel by 3:00 p.m. on April 30 and then introduced and submitted to the Ways and Means Committee online MTB submission process no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2012.
The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process
To ensure the highest degree of transparency, the Committee announced on May 24 that it would accept public comments on the submitted bills through June 22, 2012. Because of the sheer number of bills that have been submitted to the Committee’s MTB process, the Committee has continued to receive public comments on the submitted bills to date and, in keeping with the Committee’s commitment to transparency, these comments are posted on the Committee website.
Other important parts of the MTB process have also been conducted. The independent International Trade Commission (ITC) has completed its review of the submitted bills, has provided reports to the Committee, and has posted the reports on its own website. The reports are also available on the Committee’s website. The Department of Commerce, which spearheads the review of the submitted bills by the Administration, has completed its review of the submitted bills and has provided comments to the Committee. The comments are also available on the Committee’s website.
On January 1, 2013, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced the introduction of the “U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013” (H.R. 6727). The package includes provisions from more than 2,000 bills introduced in the House and Senate during the transparent MTB process. The bill was introduced to set the stage for moving the MTB forward in the 113th Congress.
In order for Members who introduced bill(s) in the 112th Congress to have their provisions included in the 113th Congress MTB process, Members were required to submit 113th Congress Disclosure Forms to refresh their disclosure information by April 2, 2013. Members were not required to reintroduce their bills, and no new bills are being accepted into the process at this time. Bills whose sponsors did not return in the 113th Congress were required to be adopted by another Member. Sponsoring, cosponsoring, as well as adopting Members were required to submit one 113th Congress MTB Disclosure Form for each bill they have sponsored/cosponsored/adopted for the bill to be considered in the 113th Congress MTB process.
Click here for the table of submitted bills, public comments, ITC Congressional Bill Reports, Administration comments,and other documents received by the Committee.
- Letter from Ways and Means Trade Leaders is available here.
- The Ways and Means Committee MTB guidance is available here.
- The MTB Bill Description form is available here.
- The MTB Preliminary Disclosure Form is available here.
- The MTBs in the 112th Congress House MTB process public comments, ITC Congressional Bill Reports, and Administration comments received by the Committee can be found here.
- The MTB Final Disclosure Form is available here.
- The 113th Congress MTB Disclosure Form is available here.