H.R.534 – U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act

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H.R.534 – U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act


The bill aims “To require the Secretary of State to take such actions as may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions, and for other purposes.”

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall take such actions as may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the BIE.

Here’s the story behind the bill;

Congress finds the following:

(1) The Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) is a treaty-based organization, with 169 member states, responsible for governing World Fairs and International Expositions since the signing of the Convention Concerning International Expositions on November 22, 1928. The United States is a party to the Convention.

(2) The United States withdrew from membership in the BIE in 2001 in response to congressional limitations on the expenditure of funds for United States participation.

(3) The United States and other non-members of the BIE face significantly higher costs to host and to participate in international expositions because of their non-member status.

(4) The bid of a United States city, region, or State to host an international exposition is unlikely to be successful if the United States is not a member of the BIE, because BIE rules require that members receive a preference over non-members for all such bids.

(5) Since the United States was previously a member of the BIE, and has already acceded to the Convention, no formal congressional action is necessary for the United States to rejoin the BIE.

(6) Section 1(a) of Public Law 91–269 (22 U.S.C. 2801(a)) found that “international expositions … have a significant impact on the economic growth of the region surrounding the exposition and … are important instruments of national policy”.

SEC. 3. Sense of Congress.

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) there are no statutory provisions that prohibit the United States from rejoining the BIE;

(2) the United States should rejoin the BIE immediately to promote public diplomacy, global branding, and tourism to the United States; and

(3) the Secretary of State, in partnership with the Secretary of Commerce, State and local governments, and private and non-profit entities, should take all necessary steps to facilitate the timely submission of a request to rejoin the BIE.

(Full text of H.R. 534 at congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 01/13/2017)




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