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Ways and Means Committee Leaders Re-Introduce U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013

July 17, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY) announced the re-introduction of H.R. 2708, the U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013.  The bipartisan legislation provides temporary tax relief to help U.S. manufacturers better compete, expand and create jobs.  This broadly-supported legislation lowers the cost of manufacturing inputs and some finished products not made or available here in the United States.  

The package includes provisions from more than 2,000 bills introduced in the House and Senate during the transparent Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process.

“The MTB is critical to helping domestic manufacturers here at home,” said Chairman Camp.  “Ensuring that our producers have access to materials that are needed to manufacture products they sell in the global marketplace makes our U.S.-based manufacturing sector more competitive.  The bill has broad support, and through the transparent, bipartisan, and bicameral process, including a public comment period, controversial provisions have been identified and eliminated.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this legislation so we can give job-creating manufacturers much-needed relief.”

“The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill helps U.S. manufacturers have the resources necessary to compete in the global marketplace,” said Ranking Member Sander Levin. “It is written to provide complete transparency in order to be certain that imported inputs will support American products and jobs, not replace or displace them.”

Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) added, “By temporarily suspending duties on manufacturing inputs, this bill makes U.S. manufacturers more competitive and creates U.S. jobs.  The legislation essentially cuts taxes on imported goods that are not produced in America, thus removing an unnecessary cost to U.S. businesses and consumers.  I look forward to working with Chairman Camp and our House and Senate colleagues to obtain swift action on this important tax relief bill.”

“This legislation reflects a transparent and bipartisan effort to lower costs for U.S. manufacturers,” said Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Charles B. Rangel (D-NY). “The bill has broad support, and it has received extensive public comment.  The MTB is a jobs bill, pure and simple.  Suspending duties temporarily on products such as manufacturing inputs is an essential step in creating U.S. jobs and making U.S. manufacturers more competitive.

The MTB is bipartisan, bicameral process developed over nearly 30 years and, through improvements made last Congress, is a model of transparency.  On March 30, 2012, the Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee simultaneously commenced the 112th Congress MTB process and invited Members to introduce temporary miscellaneous tariff bills for consideration and inclusion in the MTB legislation.  Consistent with the Committee’s MTB guidance, Members were required to submit public disclosures noting whether the benefits are broadly available and if any Member/spouse has a financial interest.  Importantly, the Committee’s guidance required each bill to be non-controversial: if a domestic manufacturer or Member objected to a bill, it was eliminated. The bills were scored by CBO and were required to be under $500,000 per year.  Nearly 170 House Members and Senators submitted nearly 2,000 MTBs to be considered through the bipartisan, bicameral MTB process.  

To ensure the highest degree of transparency, each of those individual bills was reviewed by, the Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the independent International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce, which spearheads the review of the submitted bills for the Administration.  The Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee also solicited public comments on the submitted bills and, to ensure transparency, posted the comments on the website of each committee.

Bills meeting the requirements of this rigorous process were compiled into a single bill, the U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013 (H.R. 6727) in the 112th Congress.  In the 113th Congress, Members who introduced bills in the 112th Congress were required to submit 113th Congress Disclosure Forms to refresh their disclosure information by April 2, 2013, to have their provisions included in the MTB.  No new bills were accepted into the process.  Bills whose sponsors did not return in the 113th Congress were required to be adopted by another Member.  The bill being reintroduced today reflects H.R. 6727 with a few modifications and technical corrections. 

All documents pertaining to the MTB process can be found here on the Ways and Means Committee website.