H.R. 3953 (107th): To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Ukraine.

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Mar 13, 2002 (Introduced).

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HR 3953 IH

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3953

To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Ukraine.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MARCH 13, 2002

Mr. SCHAFFER (for himself, Mr. HOEFFEL, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. TAUSCHER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Ukraine.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that Ukraine--

      (1) allows its citizens the right and opportunity to emigrate, free of any heavy tax on emigration or on the visas or other documents required for emigration and free of any tax, levy, fine, fee, or other charge on any citizens as a consequence of the desire of such citizens to emigrate to the country of their choice;

      (2) has received normal trade relations treatment since concluding a bilateral trade agreement with the United States that entered into force on June 1992, and has been found to be in full compliance with the freedom of emigration requirements under title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 since 1997;

      (3) is in the process of acceding to the World Trade Organization;

      (4) since gaining independence in 1991, has taken important steps toward the creation of democratic institutions and a free-market economy;

      (5) as a participating state of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has committed to OSCE principles regarding human rights, and to addressing issues related to the national and religious minorities in Ukraine, ensuring that persons belonging to minority groups enjoy full equality both individually and communally;

      (6) has enacted legislation providing protection against incitement to violence against persons or groups based on national, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination, including anti-Semitism;

      (7) is continuing the restitution of religious properties, including communal properties confiscated from national and religious minorities during the Soviet era, is facilitating the revival of those minority groups, and is in the process of developing a legislative framework for completing this process; and

      (8) has demonstrated a strong desire to build a friendly and cooperative relationship with the United States, and has been an unwavering ally in the struggle against international terrorism that has taken place since the attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.

SEC. 2. TERMINATION OF APPLICATION OF TITLE IV OF THE TRADE ACT OF 1974 TO UKRAINE.

    (a) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATIONS AND EXTENSIONS OF NONDISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT- Notwithstanding any provision of title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2431 et seq.), the President may--

      (1) determine that such title should no longer apply to Ukraine; and

      (2) after making a determination under paragraph (1) with respect to Ukraine, proclaim the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of that country.

    (b) TERMINATION OF APPLICATION OF TITLE IV- On and after the effective date of the extension under subsection (a)(2) of nondiscriminatory treatment to the products of Ukraine, title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 shall cease to apply to that country.