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Today, U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) voted in support of H.R. 4105, legislation which would help protect U.S. businesses from the unfair international trade practices of countries like China and Vietnam. Specifically, H.R. 4105 gives the U.S. Department of Commerce authority to continue imposing tariffs on imports from socialist, non-market economies (NME), which flood U.S. markets with cheap imports. In a bipartisan vote, the House passed this bill 370-39 and H.R. 4105 now awaits consideration by the Senate.

“Small manufacturers and small businesses are the heartbeat of southern and eastern Kentucky. At a time of unprecedented economic turmoil, our trade policy needs to reflect this,” said Rogers. “Countervailing duties (CVD) rightly level the playing field for American workers. By maintaining these countervailing duties and strongly enforcing our trade laws, we can protecting vital companies in the Commonwealth and ensure fair competition for American businesses and workers.”

H.R. 4105 would overturn a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeals, GPX v. United States, that prevents countervailing duties (CVD) from being applied to new market economies (NME).  Without legislative action, the Department of Commerce will be required by the Court of Appeals to terminate the existing CVD orders against products from China and Vietnam, which could result in the possible refund of already collected duties.  Ending these trade remedies would seriously affect tens of thousands of American workers at over 80 different companies in 38 states, including 14 companies in Kentucky, by allowing countries like China to use illegal trade practices to flood our markets with cheap imports.  This legislation has bipartisan, bicameral support and was developed with and is fully supported by the Administration.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit