Oversight of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 11, 2016   [open pdf - 399KB]

This is the May 11, 2016 hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch: "Once it is signed into law, this legislation will allow American manufacturers to lower their production costs on parts that cannot be found in the United States. This is absolutely essential if we want American companies to be able to compete effectively in the 21st-century global marketplace. Passage of the MTB bill [Miscellaneous Tariff Bill] is long overdue, and I am very pleased that we have finally gotten it through Congress and over to the President for his signature. [...] The passage and signing of the Customs bill marked the end of a legislative process that began almost 10 years ago and underwent many, many iterations. With the law now in place, CBP [Customs and Border Protection] and other agencies have the tools necessary to ensure that America is able to compete in the world economy while also ensuring that our trading partners play by the rules." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: R. Gil Kerlikowske.

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