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house Bill H.R. 3733

Increased Penalties for Overseas Companies That Ignore Environmental Laws

Argument in favor

Levels the playing field between U.S. and foreign companies.

Argument opposed

Could lead to an increase in the cost of goods made overseas.

What is House Bill H.R. 3733?

This bill would expand provisions of the 1974 Trade and Environment Enforcement Act, also know as the Green 301 Act. The bill would permit the US government to impose penalties, including the increase of tariffs, on countries that:

  • fail to effectively enforce the environmental laws;
  • waive or stray from environmental laws of or weaken protections afforded by such laws;
  • don't hold judicial or administrative proceedings giving access to remedies for violations of environmental laws;
  • fail to provide appropriate and effective sanctions or remedies for violations of the environmental laws;
  • fail to effectively enforce environmental commitments in agreements to which a foreign country and the United States are involved. 


The bill impacts foreign trade and global environmental standards.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3733

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information


Green 301 Act

Official Title

To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the United States Trade Representative to take discretionary action if a foreign country is engaging in unreasonable acts, policies, or practices relating to the environment, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedDecember 12th, 2013