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H.R. 5157 (112th): Fostering Rights through Economic Engagement in Vietnam Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 27, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO



2d Session

H. R. 5157


April 27, 2012

(for herself, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, and Mrs. Davis of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To prohibit the designation of Vietnam under title V of the Trade Act of 1974.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fostering Rights through Economic Engagement in Vietnam Act or FREE Vietnam Act .


Prohibition on designation of Vietnam under title V of the Trade Act of 1974


In general

Section 502(b) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2462(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:




In general

In addition to the countries listed in paragraph (1), Vietnam may not be designated as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of this title unless the President submits to Congress a certification described in subparagraph (B).



A certification referred to in subparagraph (A) is a certification that contains a determination of the President that—


Vietnam is not on the special watch list under section 110(b)(3)(A) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7107(b)(3)(A));


the Government of Vietnam does not engage in pervasive violations of internationally-recognized human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion; and


Vietnam otherwise meets the requirements of this title.



The President may waive the application of subparagraph (A) if the President determines and certifies to Congress that it is in the national interest of the United States to do so.



Effective date

The amendment made by this section applies to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the 15th day after the date of enactment of this Act.