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S. 619 (114th): United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 619

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 2, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To include among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships trade negotiating objectives with respect to discouraging activity that discourages, penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.

2.

Consideration of trade with Israel among principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States for trade agreements regarding commercial partnerships

(a)

Commercial partnerships

Among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States for trade agreements regarding commercial partnerships are the following:

(1)

To discourage actions that directly or indirectly prejudice or otherwise discourage commercial activity solely between the United States and Israel.

(2)

To discourage politically motivated actions by foreign countries, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, and affiliated agencies of international organizations, that are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with—

(A)

Israel;

(B)

persons doing business in Israel or in territories controlled by Israel; or

(C)

successor entities to persons described in subparagraph (B).

(3)

To seek the elimination of politically motivated nontariff barriers on goods, services, or other commerce from Israel.

(4)

To seek the elimination of any boycott fostered or imposed by a foreign country against Israel.

(5)

To discourage compliance with the boycott of Israel by the Arab League.

(b)

Effective date

This section applies with respect to any negotiation for a trade agreement commenced before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)

Person defined

In this section:

(1)

In general

The term person means an individual or entity, including a governmental entity operating as a business enterprise.

(2)

Application to governmental entities

The term person does not include a government or governmental entity that is not operating as a business enterprise.