H. R. 4041
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 15, 2012
Mr. Berman (for himself and Mr. Manzullo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to further enhance the promotion of exports of United States goods and services, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Export Promotion Reform
Improved coordination export promotion activities of Federal agencies
Section 2312 of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (relating to the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee; 15 U.S.C. 4727) is amended—
in subsection (b)—
in paragraph (5),
and after the semicolon;
by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and
by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:
in making the assessments under paragraph (5), review the proposed annual budget of each agency described in paragraph (5) before the agency submits that budget to the Office of Management and Budget and the President for inclusion in the budget of the United States submitted to Congress under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code; and
in subsection (c)—
by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (6) as paragraphs (4) through (7), respectively; and
by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
in conducting the review and developing the plan under paragraph (2), take into account recommendations from a representative number of United States exporters, in particular small businesses and medium-sized businesses, and representatives of United States workers;
by adding at the end the following:
Executive order and regulations
The President shall issue an executive order and such regulations as are necessary to provide the chairperson of the TPCC with the authority to ensure that the TPCC carries out each of its duties under subsection (b) and develops and implements the strategic plan under subsection (c).
this section, the term
small business means a small business
concern as defined under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C.
Effective deployment of U.S. Commercial Service resources
Section 2301(c)(4) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 (relating to the United States and Foreign Commercial Service; 15 U.S.C. 4721(c)(4)) is amended—
by redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (F) as subparagraphs (C) through (G), respectively;
offices.—(A) The Secretary may and inserting the
The Secretary shall conduct a global assessment of overseas markets to determine those with the greatest potential for increasing United States exports, and to redeploy the Commercial Service personnel and other resources on the basis of the global assessment.
The assessment conducted under clause (i) shall take into account recommendations from a representative number of United States exporters, in particular small- and medium-sized businesses, and representatives of United States workers.
Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of the Export Promotion Reform Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress results of the global assessment conducted under clause (i) and a plan for redeployment of Commercial Service personnel and other resources on the basis of the global assessment.
The Secretary shall conduct an assessment and redeployment described in clause (i) not less than once in every 5-year period.
The Secretary may
(F), as redesignated, by striking
is authorized, upon the request of the
Secretary, to provide and inserting
shall, upon the request of
the Secretary, provide.
Strengthened U.S. commercial diplomacy in support of U.S. exports
Development of plan
Section 207(c) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3927(c)) is amended—
before the period at the end the following:
, including through the
development of a plan, drafted in consultation with the ambassador to such
country, the Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial
Service, and the heads of other Federal departments and agencies with export
promotion programs acting through the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee,
for effective diplomacy to remove or reduce obstacles to exports of United
States goods and services; and
by adding at the
end the following new sentence:
The chief of mission shall, prior to
implementation of the plan required under this subsection, submit to the
Secretary such plan for review by the Secretary..
Assessments and promotions
Section 603(a) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22
U.S.C. 4003(a)) is amended, in the second sentence, by inserting before
and (with respect to the following:
respect to members of the Service with responsibilities relating to economic
affairs) of the effectiveness of efforts to promote the export of United States
goods and services in accordance with a commercial diplomacy plan developed
pursuant to section 207(c),.
Section 209(b) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3929(b)) is amended—
in paragraph (4),
and at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and
by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:
the effectiveness of commercial diplomacy relating to the promotion of exports of United States goods and services; and