31 Mar, 2017
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) [March 31, 2017]
Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Jackson, James K., 1949-
From the Summary: "The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group generally has operated in relative obscurity, the proposed acquisition of commercial operations at six U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World in 2006 placed the group's operations under intense scrutiny by Members of Congress and the public. Prompted by this case, some Members of the 109th and 110th Congresses questioned the ability of Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities given the general view that CFIUS's operations lack transparency. Other Members revisited concerns about the linkage between national security and the role of foreign investment in the U.S. economy. Some Members of Congress and others argued that the nation's security and economic concerns had changed following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and that those concerns were not being reflected sufficiently in the Committee's deliberations. In addition, anecdotal evidence seemed to indicate that the CFIUS process was not market neutral. Instead, a CFIUS investigation of an investment transaction may have been perceived by some firms and by some in the financial markets as a negative factor that added to uncertainty and may have spurred firms to engage in behavior that may not have been optimal for the economy as a whole."
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  • Author
    Jackson, James K., 1949-
  • Publisher
    Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
  • Report Number
    CRS Report for Congress, RL33388
  • Date
    31 Mar, 2017
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Federation of American Scientists: www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
  • Format
    pdf
  • Media Type
    application/pdf
  • Subjects
    Management and economics/Financial management
    Law and justice/Legislation
    Politics and government/International relations
  • Resource Group
    Reports (CRS)
  • Series
    CRS Report for Congress, RL33388

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