House Republicans Continue to Push BAT that Includes Tax Reform Despite Faltering Support
On Tuesday, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) held a hearing to push a border adjustment tax (BAT) as part of their “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Instead, the hearing raised numerous concerns with the TGA-opposed BAT proposal.
More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
May 18, 2017 – New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold book bags, luggage tags, purses, and cooler bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.
TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative
On May 8, TGA joined with dozens of other companies and organizations in sending a letter urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In addition to being the lead U.S. government negotiator for trade agreements and other trade issues, the new USTR will make the final decision on whether to make U.S. imports of travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-eligible countries duty-free.