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H.R. 764 (116th): United States Reciprocal Trade Act

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If a country imposes a certain level tariff for a certain product, should the president be able to unilaterally impose the same level tariff back for that product?


The U.S. sometimes imposes tariffs that are far lower than other nations impose on us, sometimes on the exact same products. Critics say this hamstrings American exports and economic output.

A few quick examples from the U.S. Trade Representative:

  • India levies a 50% tariff on American motorcycles, but America only levies a 2.4% tariff on Indian motorcycles.
  • The European Union levies as high as a 67% tariff on American pork, but America only imposes a tariff as high as 6% on E.U. pork.
  • Japan levies a 17% tariff on American apples, but America levies no tariff on Japanese apples.

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Sean Duffy

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2019
Length: 18 pages
Jan 24, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 24, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


27 Cosponsors (27 Republicans)



Jan 24, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 764 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 764. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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