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H.R.6180 - TRADE Act of 2008

To require a review of existing trade agreements and renegotiation of existing trade agreements based on the review, to set terms for future trade agreements, to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the role of Congress in trade policymaking should be strengthened, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: TRADE Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Official: To require a review of existing trade agreements and renegotiation of existing trade agreements based on the review, to set terms for future trade agreements, to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the role of Congress in trade policymaking should be strengthened, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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Official Summary

Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment Act of 2008, or the TRADE Act of 2008 - Directs the Comptroller General of the United States to: (1) review biennially certain free trade agreements (including Uruguay Round Agreements) between the United States and foreign countries

Official Summary

Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment Act of 2008, or the TRADE Act of 2008 - Directs the Comptroller General of the United States to:
(1) review biennially certain free trade agreements (including Uruguay Round Agreements) between the United States and foreign countries; and
(2) report to the Congressional Trade Agreement Review Committee regarding such agreements, including analyses of specified subjects and of each agreement, as well as whether the country has a democratic form of government that respects certain core labor rights and fundamental human rights, protects intellectual property rights, and enforces environmental laws. Declares that implementing bills of new trade agreements shall not be subject to expedited consideration or special procedures limiting amendment,unless such agreements include certain standards with respect to:
(1) labor;
(2) environment and public safety;
(3) food and product health and safety;
(4) provision of services;
(5) investment;
(6) procurement;
(7) intellectual property;
(8) agriculture;
(9) trade remedies and safeguards;
(10) rules of origin;
(11) dispute resolution and enforcement;
(12) technical assistance;
(13) national security; and
(14) taxation. Requires the President to submit to Congress a plan for the renegotiation of existing trade agreements to bring them into compliance with such standards. Establishes a Congressional Trade Agreement Review Committee. Expresses the sense of Congress that:
(1) certain requirements urging the attainment of certain trade goals shall apply to all existing and new trade agreements; and
(2) a certain process for U.S. trade negotiations should be followed when Congress considers legislation providing special procedures for implementing bills of trade agreements.

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