H.Con.Res.454 - Expressing the sense of Congress regarding housing affordability and urging fair and expeditious review by international trade tribunals to ensure a competitive North American market for softwood lumber.107th Congress (2001-2002)
Text: H.Con.Res.454 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)
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Introduced in House (07/26/2002)
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 454 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 454 Expressing the sense of Congress regarding housing affordability and urging fair and expeditious review by international trade tribunals to ensure a competitive North American market for softwood lumber. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 26, 2002 Mr. Kolbe (for himself and Mr. Hoyer) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress regarding housing affordability and urging fair and expeditious review by international trade tribunals to ensure a competitive North American market for softwood lumber. Whereas since 1989 the United States and Canada have worked to eliminate tariff and nontariff barriers to trade; Whereas free trade has greatly benefited the United States and Canadian economies; Whereas, with respect to importation of Canadian lumber, the United States International Trade Commission only found the potential for a threat of injury (as opposed to actual injury) to domestic lumber producers, but the Department of Commerce imposed a 27 percent duty on such Canadian lumber, to be paid by United States lumber consumers; Whereas trade restrictions on Canadian lumber exported to the United States market have been an exception to the general rule of bilateral free trade; Whereas the legitimate interests of consumers are often overlooked in trade disputes; Whereas the availability of affordable housing is important to United States home buyers and the need for the availability of such housing, particularly in metropolitan cities across the United States, is growing faster than it can be met; Whereas imposition of special duties on United States consumers of softwood lumber, essential for construction of on-site and manufactured homes, jeopardizes housing affordability; Whereas the United States has agreed to abide by dispute settlement procedures in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), providing for international review of national remedy actions; and Whereas the WTO and NAFTA dispute panels are reviewing the aforementioned findings of the United States International Trade Commission: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative should work to assure that no delays occur in resolving the current disputes before the World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement trade dispute panels involving the imposition of special duties on softwood lumber imported from Canada, supporting a fair and expeditious review; (2) United States antidumping and countervailing duties are a rules-based system that should proceed to conclusion in World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement trade dispute panels; (3) the President should continue discussions with the Government of Canada to promote open trade between the United States and Canada on softwood lumber free of trade restraints that harm consumers; and (4) the President should consult with all interested parties, including consumers of lumber products, in future discussions regarding any terms of trade in softwood lumber between the United States and Canada. <all>