H.R.2504 – To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms

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H.R.2504 – To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms


H.R. 2504 would exempt exporters of sea cucumbers and sea urchins to foreign markets from obtaining export licenses from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

“…exporters will be exempted from: (1) inspections to ensure shipments of those fishery products do not contain endangered or threatened species, and (2) related inspection fees.” – crs

 (Full text of H.R. 2504 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] (Introduced 05/17/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayers:  H.R. 2504 also could reduce receipts from inspection fees because exporters of the affected products would no longer be required to clear shipments directly with the USFWS. CBO estimates that enacting the bill would reduce such fees by less than $500,000 a year. Because the USFWS is authorized to retain and spend proceeds from those activities, any reduction in fee collections would be offset by a similar reduction in direct spending.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Because enacting the bill would affect direct spending pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, the net effect on direct spending would be negligible. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2504 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2504 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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