Legislative Procedure for Disapproving the Renewal of China's Most-Favored-Nation Status

The continuation in effect of China's most-favored-nation status with the United States is contingent principally on the maintenance in force of the waiver of full compliance with the requirements of the freedom-of-emigration ("Jackson-Vanik") amendment of the Trade Act of 1974. Waivers and their underlying authority must be extended annually. Such extensions are automatic upon presidential recommendation, to be made by June 3, unless they are disapproved by a joint resolution of Congress. Such resolutions are enacted -- should the Congress wish to do so -- under specific procedural provisions, deemed a part of the rules of either House, and in this context superseding other rules inconsistent with them. This report describes in functional order and in detail the statutory procedure for the enactment of a joint resolution disapproving the extension of the China waiver.