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China Competitiveness Legislation and U.S. House Committee Jurisdiction

On June 8th, the U.S. Senate passed S.1260, the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). The legislation strengthens manufacturing and basic research in key industry sectors and is intended to provide a policy framework for competing with China. The legislation combines several bills from different Senate committee jurisdictions, including the Endless Frontier Act (Commerce Committee), Strategic Competition Act (Foreign Relations Committee), and Trade Act of 2021 (Finance Committee). In fact, the Endless Frontier Act is itself a collection of several Senate bills. All told, roughly three dozen legislation proposals from eight different Senate committees have been melded together into USICA.

The provisions of USICA involve the jurisdiction of at least ten different committees in the U.S. House, which could make its procedural path complex. The table below summarizes the provisions of USICA as organized by section, the committee jurisdictions involved, and the individual Senate bills from which the language is drawn. If there is a corresponding House bill it is also noted.

Senate committee jurisdiction

House committee jurisdiction

Underlying bill / proposal

S.1260 section

Senate source

House source

Appropriations

Appropriations

CHIPS and O-RAN 5G Emergency Funds

1002-1003

Commerce, Science and Trans.

Science,

Space &

Tech.

Endless Frontier Act

2001-2691

S.1260

H.R.2731

NSF for the Future Act

H.R.2225

Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act

2205

S.735

AI Scholarship-for- Service Act

2208

S.1257

Quantum Network Infrastructure and Workforce Development Act

2211

S.1161

Advancing IoT for Precision Agriculture Act

2213

S.1395

Bioeconomy Research and Development Act

2217

S.1418

Manufacturing USA Expansion Act

2402

S.1240

Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act

2507

S.289

H.R.869

Space Preservation and Conjunction Emergency (SPACE) Act

2601-2605

S4827*

NASA Authorization Act

2611-2691

Aeronautics Innovation Act

2646-2652

S.1713*

H.R.5136*

Commerce, Science, Trans.

Energy and Commerce

IMPACT Act

2509

S.996

Country of Origin Online Labeling Act

2510

S.3707*

H.R.1386

Internet Exchange and Submarine Cable Act

2512

S.1166

Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act

6301

S.329

H.R.1345

Commerce, Sci, Trans.

Natural Resources

Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

2518

S.1106

H.R.406

Foreign Relations

Foreign Affairs

Strategic Competition Act

3001-3504

S.1169

Ensuring American Global Leadership & Engagement (EAGLE) Act

(Meeks)

Sister City Transparency Act

2513

S.710

H.R.1852

Homeland Security & Gov’t Affairs

Oversight

Build America, Buy America Act

4101-4117

S.1303

 

Make it in America Act

4121-4127

S.363

Buy American.gov Act

4131-4141

S.732

H.R.2472

Make PPE in America Act

4151-4153

S.1306

 

Advancing American AI Act

4201-4207

S.1353

 

Cyber Response and Recovery Act

4251-4252

S.1316

 

Facilitating Federal Employee Reskilling Act

4301-4302

S.1330

 

Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act

4351-4356

S.1097

 

American Security Drone Act

4401-4411

S.73

 

No TikTok on Government Devices Act

4431-4432

S.1143

H.R.2566

National Risk Management Act

4461-4462

S.1350

 

Safeguarding American Innovation Act

4491-4498

 

 

Banking

Financial Services

Meeting the China Challenge Act

5001-5310

(Brown-Toomey)

 

HELP

Energy and Commerce

HHS research requirements

6101-6106

HELP

Education and Labor

Advancing International and Foreign Language Educ. Act

6121

S.1453

 

Confucius Act

6122

S.590

H.R.1160

Judiciary

Judiciary

Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act

6202

S.228

 

Finance

Ways and Means

Trade Act of 2021 / Competes Act / GSP-MTB extension

70001-77001

(Crapo-Wyden)

* cites bill from 116th Congress

 

 

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