June 10, 2021 Washington, DC — The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidelines for employers to protect worker health as the U.S. emerges from COVID. Under the revised guidelines, vaccinated workers can return to normal work routines without the use of the additional measures to protect them from the virus. Unvaccinated employees should continue to follow the previous workplace guidelines and states can have stricter standards for the workplace.

Please find the detailed OSHA release here


On June 9th, the U.S. Senate approved the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260), legislation addressing trade with China that focused on human rights, aggressive Chinese trade policies, U.S. competitiveness and national security threats. The bill re-instates expired exclusions from China tariffs and re-opens the China tariff exclusion process; renews the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and reauthorizes the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program; combined these tariff relief opportunities provide more than $100 million in tariff relief to the industry annually. Attention now moves to the House of Representatives, where several bills are under consideration with votes expected on individual…


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “NCAA Athlete NIL Rights” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The hearing will address federal legislative proposals to enable athletes participating in collegiate sports to monetize their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”); improve athlete health care; and enhance scholarship protections and academic outcomes, among others. The hearing will also review recent changes in state laws around NIL.

Witnesses

  • Mark Few, head coach of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University
  • NCAA President Mark Emmert
  • Rod Gilmore…

100-Day Review Outlines Steps to Strengthen Critical Supply Chains

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing key findings from the reviews directed under Executive Order (E.O.) 14017 “America’s Supply Chains,” as well as immediate actions the Administration will take to strengthen American supply chains to promote economic security, national security, and good-paying, union jobs here at home.

SEE THE FULL RELEASE HERE


When President Biden took office he made it clear he would focus on the pandemic while he reviewed the China Tariff policy for six months. As we emerge from COVID and nears his tariff review deadline, the business community is pressing for a re-opening of the exclusion process.

On May 26th, SFIA joined 170 business organizations on a letter to Congress pressing for a change in U.S. policy and a re-opening of the re-opening of the China Section 301 Exclusion process as the Administration determines future U.S.-China trade policy.

Please find the letter here.

For more information, please contact Bill Sells SVP for Government & Public Affairs 202–262–6444 / bsells@sfia.org


On December 31, 2020 two important tariff relief programs, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, lapsed leading to an increase in tariffs. Combined the MTB and GSP provide more than $100M in annual tariff relief on SFIA member products.

Legislation was recently introduced in the Senate to pass the MTB and renew the GSP. Specifically “The Trade Preferences and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act” would renew the GSP and extend it through January 1, 2027, authorize the MTB and approve USITC recommendations for tariff relief through 2023.

MTB relief would be retroactive for four months…


Representatives re-introduce PHIT Act with strong bipartisan support in support of a healthier America

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SILVER SPRING, MD (May 13, 2021) — Yesterday, the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act was re-introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 3109. The PHIT Act aims to help Americans save money on activity-related expenses (i.e. gym membership, sports league fees, equipment, fitness classes, etc.) to lower the financial barrier that stands between many Americans and a healthy, active lifestyle. …


The shortage of parks in urban communities limits opportunities for healthy active lifestyles from youth sports to outdoor senior yoga classes. COVID emphasized the health issues around lack of activity as the inactive population had worse outcomes due to underlying conditions. The Department of Interior announced yesterday that $150 million will be dedicated to urban parks. Please find the DOI press release on the urban park effort here.

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