NFTC Endorses Senate EAA bill; Opposes House Counterpart

Thursday, 30 August 2001

"The Senate bill further streamlines our export control system while at the same time protecting national security," said Bill Reinsch, President of the NFTC.

In a separate letter to Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Democratic Leader, Richard Gephardt (D-MO), the NFTC, with the same industry associations, expressed strong opposition to H.R. 2581, as amended by the International Relations Committee on August 1.

"[D]espite the promise to build higher fences around fewer items, this bill, in effect, builds higher fences around an even larger number of items; because it makes it easier to expand the control list and the scope of existing controls, whether or not expanded controls would be effective," the industry groups said in the letter to Hastert and Gephardt.

"As amended by the committee, H.R. 2581 would have a slowing and, in some cases, paralyzing effect on the licensing process," the letter said. "The new dispute resolution process for commodity classification would likely add weeks to the front end of the licensing process."

President Bush has endorsed S. 149, as reported, and his national security advisor has indicated repeatedly that the Administration opposes amendments which would upset the "careful balance" achieved in the Senate Banking Committee bill.

The letters were signed by the NFTC, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Emergency Committee for American Trade, National Association of Manufacturers, American Chemistry Council, California Council for International Trade, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, International Safety Equipment Association, Aerospace Industries Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, AeA (formerly The American Electronics Association), United States-China Business Council, Electronic Industries Alliance, National Defense Industrial Association, Industry Coalition on Technology Transfer (ICOTT), Computer Coalition for Responsible Exports, Computer Systems Policy Project, The Business Roundtable, and the Coalition for Employment Through Exports.

The letters are available at www.NFTC.org.

The National Foreign Trade Council is a leading business organization advocating a rules-based world economy. Founded in 1914 by a group of American companies that supported an open world trading system, the NFTC now serves more than 500 member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.