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H 5123
Session 110 (1993-1994) 

H 5123 Concurrent Resolution, By Davenport, Allison, D.W. Beatty, Lanford, 
Littlejohn, Phillips, Sharpe, D. Smith, Walker and C.C. Wells
 A Concurrent Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to act
 to preserve Congressional prerogatives and national sovereignty in
 consideration of the Uruguay Round Agreement.

   04/14/94  House  Introduced HJ-32
   04/14/94  House  Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial
                     Resolutions HJ-32
   04/27/94  House  Committee report: Favorable Invitations and
                     Memorial Resolutions HJ-7
   05/10/94  House  Adopted, sent to Senate HJ-143
   05/12/94  Senate Introduced SJ-19
   05/12/94  Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-19



COMMITTEE REPORT

April 27, 1994

H. 5123

Introduced by REPS. Davenport, Littlejohn, Walker, Sharpe, Allison, Wells, D. Smith, Beatty, Phillips and Lanford

S. Printed 4/27/94--H.

Read the first time April 14, 1994.

THE COMMITTEE ON

INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 5123), memorializing the Congress of the United States to act to preserve congressional prerogatives, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:

DEWITT WILLIAMS, for Committee.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

MEMORIALIZING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ACT TO PRESERVE CONGRESSIONAL PREROGATIVES AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY IN CONSIDERATION OF THE URUGUAY ROUND AGREEMENT.

Whereas, the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade has been negotiated and is scheduled for signature in Marrakesh, Morocco; and

Whereas, implementation of the Uruguay Round Agreement will require approval of the Congress of the United States; and

Whereas, the Uruguay Round Agreement focuses on both tariff and nontarriff barriers to trade, and as such, nations party to the agreement must conform service sector regulations, environmental and safety standards, and food service requirements to the agreement's provision or face mandatory sanctions; and

Whereas, these "nontarriff" barriers impact on the regulatory authority and legislature of this State in the same manner that the Congress is so limited; and

Whereas, implementation costs of the agreement, including revenue losses from tariff reductions, are estimated by Rep. Richard Gephart to cost forty billion dollars over the first ten years thus requiring spending cuts or tax increases, or both, in order to avoid increasing the federal deficit; and

Whereas, the agreement establishes the World Trade Organization that has significantly greater powers and broader functions than the existing GATT; and

Whereas, the agreement would deny the United States the right to impose unilaterally many of our most successful market opening tools, including Section 301; and

Whereas, it is essential that the Congress act to preserve national sovereignty and congressional and state prerogatives in any agreement governing the international trading system. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the Congress of the United States is memorialized to act to preserve congressional prerogatives and national sovereignty in the consideration of the Uruguay Round Agreement.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate representing this State.

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