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Chairman Smith Announces Ways & Means Initiatives to Hold China Accountable and Support U.S. Farmers and Workers

April 15, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Lawmakers are taking aim at China, holding the Biden Administration accountable, and leveling the playing field for American farmers and workers with a new series of trade and tax policies led by members of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The suite of bills include a major reform of America’s largest trade program to further U.S. economic and national security, defending Congress’s constitutional role in trade agreements, halting China’s use of forced labor, and closing loopholes in U.S. trade policy that allow China to evade tariffs rightfully owed.

“We are unwavering in our support of American producers and workers in foreign markets, and we must crack down on unfair practices, including forced labor that not only destroys the human spirit but also harms America’s economy. It is long overdue that market access for countries be used as a carrot to obtain important objectives for our national security and our economy. This legislation strengthens our trade tools, closes loopholes, restores Congress’s role in trade, holds China accountable, and halts the Biden Administration’s overreach,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08).

The legislation introduced includes:

  • H.R. 7986 – The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Reform Act (Rep. Adrian Smith)
  • H.R. 7979 – End China’s De Minimis Abuse Act (Rep. Greg Murphy)
  • H.R. 7981 – Stop China’s Exploitation of Congolese Children and Adult Forced Labor through Cobalt Mining Act (Rep. Chris Smith)
  • H.R. 7983 – Stop Executive Overreach on Trade Agreements Act (Rep. Michelle Fischbach)
  • H.R. 7980 – End Chinese Dominance of Electric Vehicles in America Act (Rep. Carol Miller)
  • H.R. 5179 – Anti-BDS Labeling Act (Rep. Claudia Tenney)

These bills were developed following more than a year’s worth of hearings, including field hearings, noting the discrepancies in trade policy that favored China, and shocking decisions by the Biden Administration to sidestep Congress in developing a strategy on trade.