"It has had bipartisan support and we're able to do it quickly."
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The argue that the duties have protected an estimated 80,000 jobs across the country by holding non-market economies responsible for unfairly subsidizing billions of dollars of imports.
“By passing this bill, we’re backing American workers and businesses in the fight against China’s unfair trade practices,” Baucus said. “China doesn’t get a free pass to violate the rules at the expense of American jobs," he said.
"We need to maintain these countervailing duties and strongly enforce our trade laws to level the playing field for U.S. businesses and workers.”
The bill is not without its detractors, with Club for Growth urging lawmakers to oppose the legislation because it "makes it clear that Congress wants to escalate its trade war rhetoric with China."
The plan doesn't fix the non-WTO-compliant "double counting" practice (it arguably makes it worse), and it harms U.S. importers and consumers by validating illegal, punitive duties that have already been collected," the group said.
But the National Association of Manufacturers came out strongly in favor of the bill on Monday and questioned why any group would oppose it.
The NAM welcomes the quick bipartisan, bicameral Congressional work in tandem with the Administration to fix a critical flaw in U.S. trade policy – the inability to defend against Chinese subsidized exports to the United States. Legislation is needed to correct a court’s finding that the Commerce Department currently lacks the authority to offset the harm done to U.S. manufacturers by these trade-distorting subsidies.
"Failure to make it plain that the Commerce Department has this authority would leave manufacturers in the U.S. defenseless against rampant deep pocket Chinese and other government subsidies," said Frank Vargo, vice president of international economic affairs, NAM, in a blog post.
"Some groups have amazingly has come out against this legislation, saying it restricts economic liberty," he said.
"Being concerned about economic liberty, they should have come out strongly in support of the bills because the legislation is about removing government distortion of trade."
Vargo said the law would apply equally to subsidies from non-market as well as market economies.
The bill also provides for the Commerce Department to make a reduction to antidumping duties in non-market economy cases where countervailing duties are simultaneously being imposed, if it can be demonstrated that domestic subsidies have inflated the dumping margin, and if the Commerce Department is able to reasonably estimate an adjustment.
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