H.R.4979: To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program.

About This Bill

  • Introduced Feb. 8, 2018
  • Latest Major Action Feb. 14, 2018

Bill Summary

(Sec. 1) This bill extends the Generalized System of Preferences (a U.S. trade preference program that provides duty-free access to imports on products from certain developing countries) through 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative, within one year of this bill's enactment and annually thereafter through December 31, 2020, must report to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on efforts to ensure that countries...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

What Lawmakers Are Saying About This Bill

There are 9 statements associated with H.R.4979.

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 14
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Feb. 13
Referred to the Subcommittee on Trade.
Feb. 13
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Feb. 13

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 2 (Roll no. 71).

Feb. 13
Considered as unfinished business.
Feb. 13
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Feb. 13
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4979.
Feb. 13
Considered under suspension of the rules.
Feb. 13
Mr. Reichert moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
Feb. 13

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 2 (Roll no. 71). (text: CR H1100)

Feb. 13
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1104-1105)
Feb. 13
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1100-1103)
Feb. 8
Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Feb. 8

Introduced in the House by Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

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