On February 8, leading House Republicans and Democrats on trade introduced bipartisan legislation to renew GSP (H.R. 4979). The House vote could come as early as Tuesday, February 13. We strongly encourage GSP importers to email their House members about voting YES on H.R. 4979 with our contact tool. [Note: link removed after House passage.]
The bill was introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ranking Member Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). You can see Republican statements here and Democratic statements here in support of H.R. 4979. Most importantly, it would:
- renew GSP through December 31, 2020
- refund tariffs paid since GSP expired at the end of 2017
- change some dates related to Annual GSP reviews
Again, votes could come as soon as Tuesday, February 13 (the next day the House is scheduled to be in session), so companies should use the contact tool between now and COB on Monday, February 12 to urge your representatives to support GSP.
If you haven’t done so already, please also take a moment to sign up for our free GSP supporter list and answer our expiration impacts survey. The Coalition will use this information in our private outreach to congressional offices to advocate for GSP renewal but will not publish any info without explicit permission.