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ANNOUNCES FY2001 BUDGET
Resources Directed to Expanding Trade, Enforcement of Compliance
D.C. -- Working to help U.S. businesses stay at the forefront
of the ever-expanding world marketplace, the International Trade
Administration is requesting a budget of $360.1 million for fiscal
year 2001, reflecting program increases of $42 million.
have no higher priority than helping U.S. businesses expand exports
that support high-wage jobs and economic security for Americans,"
said David L. Aaron, Under Secretary of Commerce for International
Trade. "This budget focuses on stepping up our trade compliance
efforts to ensure a level playing field for U.S. firms abroad,
helping small and medium-sized businesses enter the global marketplace,
and encouraging the growth of e-commerce in world markets."
International Trade Administration budget, which calls for an
additional 197 staff positions, reflects a number of Presidential
priorities, and includes the following:
million for a Trade Compliance Initiative, including the development
of an overseas contingent of trade experts to support enforcement
of U.S. trade laws.
million to strengthen efforts to ensure that e-commerce is fully
utilized by U.S. exporters, thereby increasing competitiveness
and high-wage American jobs.
million for a Clean Energy and Environmental Exports Initiative
designed to boost U.S. environmental technology exports. Part
of the President's Clean Energy Initiative, this effort aims
to double U.S. environmental technologies exports.
million to support export assistance and development for rural-based
Native American firms as part of broader efforts to enhance
economic opportunity in rural communities of the United States.
thousand to support the development of an Exporter Data Base
Enhancement initiative to more fully measure the impact of trade
on the economy at the regional, state, metropolitan, and local