The House of Representatives passed on January 16, 2018 a bill providing temporary duty relief on about 1,800 imported products that are not available or produced in the United States. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 sailed through the chamber with a 402-0 vote, signaling overwhelmingly strong bipartisan support and proving there are still some things politicians can agree on.
The bill is the first product of a new process established through the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, which codified elements of the previous Congressional-led process. Among other things, the Act also tasked the non-partisan U.S. International Trade Commission with reviewing petitions for consistency against statutory criteria, coordinating an inter-agency
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