Industry News

House Proposes Miscellaneous Tariff Suspension Bill

July 17, 2013

On July 17, 2013, H.R. 2708, the U.S. Jobs Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013 (also referred to as the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill”), was introduced only in the House.  It includes 2,000 bills which were cleared for action during the legislative tariff suspension process.  The omnibus bill was originally brought to the House floor near the end of the 112th Congress.  Representative Levin commented, “(MTB) helps U.S. manufacturers have the resources necessary to compete in the global marketplace.  It is written to provide complete transparency in order to be certain that imported inputs will support American products and jobs.”

The Senate has delayed action on the MTB due to a dispute over whether its provisions should be considered “earmarks.”