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California Congressman Wants to End Vietnam NTR

Measure aims to deny renewal of conditional Normal Trade Status? for the Southeast Asian country.

WASHINGTON, DC - The measure - House Joint Resolution 64 - was sent to House Ways and Means Committee for action on July 9 and calls for the denial of renewed conditional normal trade relations (NTR) status for Vietnam.

Drafted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), the measure would deny President Bush the authority to extend the current waiver of the Jackson-Vanik provisions of the Trade Act of 1974.

Under those provisions, a bilateral trade agreement and certification of freedom of emigration are necessary for the US to establish conditional NTR, formerly known as most-favored-nation (MFN) status, with non-market economies such as Vietnam. President Bush recommended a waiver extension for Vietnam in May.

The proposed resolution had no co-sponsors and was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for action. A majority of the committee strongly favors trade with Vietnam, and that committee has negatively reported such resolutions to the full House in the past.

Rohrabacher is a member of the House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, as well as that committee's newly-created Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.

He is a staunch, long-time opponent of Vietnam's Communist government, and has submitted similar resolutions in the past on trade with the Hanoi regime that have all gone down to defeat.

The eight-term lawmaker is also the chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science Committee.

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