Why Should Americans Have to Comply with the Laws of Foreign Nations? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 17, 2013 [open pdf - 11MB]
This testimony compilation is from the July 17, 2013 hearing "Why Should Americans Have to Comply with the Laws of Foreign Nations?" held before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of John Fleming: "While I am not a constitutional expert, I find nothing in that landmark document that allows the Congress to delegate law making authority to foreign countries. However, that is essentially what the Congress did in 1935 when the Lacey Act was amended to prohibit the importation of all wildlife taken contrary to a foreign law. If I had been a member of the 74th Congress, I would have voted against that provision because it is simply wrong to force American citizens to comply with the laws of other nations. Regrettably, the 2008 Amendments have significantly compounded this problem. Instead of having to comply with a limited number of foreign laws, by expanding coverage to include plant and plant products this has triggered literally tens of thousands of foreign laws." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Fleming, Kristina Alexander, Alexander von Bismarck, Marcus A. Asner, Reed D. Rubinstein, Paul J. Larkin, Jr., and Paul D. Kamenar.
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