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house Bill H.R. 4318

Reducing or Suspending More Than 1,600 Tariffs to Help American Businesses & Consumers

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would suspend or reduce more than 1,600 tariffs on the recommendation of the U.S. International Trade Commission, making American manufacturers more competitive internationally & reducing costs for consumers.

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01/16/2018
Any bill that reduces the cost of doing business in America is a good thing.
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01/16/2018
The "Top Comment Against" is false. Please at least follow the link to the list of items and see for yourself. Nearly all items listed appear to be chemicals used in manufacturing. I scrolled through pages and pages of and I see nothing that looks like an end product, surely nothing you would find at a Walmart or any other consumer retailer. Come on people, Countable is here to educate and inform, but you must check data for yourself.
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01/16/2018
Lower taxes and making companies more profitable? Sounds like a great idea 💡 But will Congress agree to it? They should!
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t use the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process, and should instead suspend or reduce tariffs as it pleases — even those that are controversial or weren’t suggested by nonpartisan U.S. trade experts.

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01/16/2018
The items listed are finished goods not components, so this just allows more cheap junk for retailers like Walmart.
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01/16/2018
1. I thought the republican tax plan already benefitted corporations, so why don’t we just let these companies benefit from the tax breaks they’re about to receive anyway? 2. What I learned about taxes and spending through the republican tax bill, is that in order to cut taxes in one area, you have to cut spending elsewhere to make up the difference in revenue. So who is going to bear the burden from lifting these tariffs? 3. If America wants to increase its competition in international business, it’s not tax breaks these companies need. Instead, America needs to stop producing cheap products with the cheapest material, and calling it quality. Germany, for instance, is known for its quality engineering. It’s tried and true. It’s not just nominally quality, it is reality. So leave these tariffs in place, and work instead of infrastructure. Isn’t that what the tax plan was supposed to anyway?
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01/16/2018
I am deeply suspicious of this since we have become a corporatocracy ruled by plutocrats. What are the hidden detriments to the people of this country?
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What is House Bill H.R. 4318?

This bill — known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 — would implement the recommendations of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) report to Congress which called for the suspension or reduction of over 1,600 tariffs. Tariffs are taxes on imported goods which raise costs for U.S. manufacturers, thereby making them less competitive internationally. The bill addresses tariffs on a wide variety of products, ranging from life jackets for pets and basketballs to cocoa powder and industrial solvents.

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process allows U.S. manufacturers to periodically file petitions with the ITC for tariff relief, which are then vetted and categorized if approved. Committees in Congress then draft legislation implementing the ITC’s report, which can’t include products that weren’t recommended for tariff reduction by the ITC or controversial provisions. The MTB petition cycle will next be available to manufacturers in Fall 2019.

Impact

American businesses that purchase goods subject to tariffs; and American consumers who face higher prices because of tariffs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4318

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthThis bill was introduced by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) along with their counterparts in the upper chamber, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), to reduce tariffs hurting American manufacturers:

“We are pleased to introduce the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 (MTB), a bipartisan bill to empower American manufacturers to compete effectively around the world, create new jobs at home, and grow our economy. This legislation is based on recommendations provided to Congress by the independent and nonpartisan International Trade COmmission (ITC) after a transparent and open process established through legislation to comply with our rules.
Congress designed the MTB to address the problem faced by many American manufacturers who require certain inputs that are simply not made in the United States. Requiring those manufacturers to pay tariffs for such inputs increases their manufacturing costs and makes them less competitive internationally. The MTB will temporarily suspend or reduce these burdensome tariffs.”

This legislation has the support of 29 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including 26 Republicans and three Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily certain rates of duty.

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  • EnactedSeptember 13th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed July 26th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed January 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 402 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedNovember 9th, 2017

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    Any bill that reduces the cost of doing business in America is a good thing.
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    The items listed are finished goods not components, so this just allows more cheap junk for retailers like Walmart.
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    1. I thought the republican tax plan already benefitted corporations, so why don’t we just let these companies benefit from the tax breaks they’re about to receive anyway? 2. What I learned about taxes and spending through the republican tax bill, is that in order to cut taxes in one area, you have to cut spending elsewhere to make up the difference in revenue. So who is going to bear the burden from lifting these tariffs? 3. If America wants to increase its competition in international business, it’s not tax breaks these companies need. Instead, America needs to stop producing cheap products with the cheapest material, and calling it quality. Germany, for instance, is known for its quality engineering. It’s tried and true. It’s not just nominally quality, it is reality. So leave these tariffs in place, and work instead of infrastructure. Isn’t that what the tax plan was supposed to anyway?
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    I am deeply suspicious of this since we have become a corporatocracy ruled by plutocrats. What are the hidden detriments to the people of this country?
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    The "Top Comment Against" is false. Please at least follow the link to the list of items and see for yourself. Nearly all items listed appear to be chemicals used in manufacturing. I scrolled through pages and pages of and I see nothing that looks like an end product, surely nothing you would find at a Walmart or any other consumer retailer. Come on people, Countable is here to educate and inform, but you must check data for yourself.
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    I don't trust anything these republicans put forth..I guarantee you this is another way to screw the average person
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    A tariff can go both ways. There can be tariffs on both imports and exports. This bill may reduce tariffs on exports but tariffs can be raised by importing countries. All this may do in the long run is increase dumping excess production by other countries into the US market which will in turn destroy domestic industries. Read up on China’s solar panel and steel dumping. This has been tried before and the issue of dumping is why the tariffs came into existence. The only real result will be the loss of our industrial base, such as it is, loss of jobs and eventually a lowering of our standard of living even further.
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    Tariffs aren’t necessarily a bad thing. It is what the federal government used to pay itself before 1913. After that they passed an amendment to allow them to steal directly from the people using taxes. If you want true economic reform get rid of the IRS.
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    Hold on there partner! Miscellaneous? Isn't that a drawer in the kitchen? However, being open-minded, let's see a little more information on each of these items. Are these tariffs a trade-off with other trading partners? Let's learn more. Some of these coauthors have supported Democrat Socialism in their past history or have spun a lie for truth or facts.
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    Lower taxes and making companies more profitable? Sounds like a great idea 💡 But will Congress agree to it? They should!
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    This will only hurt small businesses. If we want to “buy American”, we shouldn’t end tariffs send finished products overseas.
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    Anything to make us more competitive, but this doesn’t include the parts market which are important. This MUST INCLUDE THE DELETION OF THE 12% excise taxes on Our Territory Puerto Rico. Charging a part of OUR COUNTRY taxes to import goods made there to the Mainland is ridiculous and destructive.
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    This bill passed unanimously 401-0. I think that in an age of polarization this is at least one thing they could agree on, and with it passing with this amount of support it would seem to me like a good piece of legislation.
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    Get government out of business.
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    Most of the Democrats oppose. Must be good law.
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    Bipartisan vote to help American jobs. Now dump DACA!
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    Lower tariffs means lower costs to businesses and consumers.
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    I’m gonna vote yea but I m wondering why don’t we just get rid of the tariffs altogether? Then there’s no more need for filing papers work and all the bureaucratic shuffling of said paper work etc.. etc...Also would Edmund care to elaborate on just exactly how lowering tariffs is going to hurt small businesses, I mean C’mon man seriously READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·
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    All you left wing extremists saying no to this “Right-Wing” bill should really think about how radical you are. This passed 401-0 in the House. Even the most Progressive Democrat didn’t vote against this. I think you all need to ask yourself if you are either Progressives are just plain Communists.
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    If it’s a tax eliminate it
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