Senate Passes China Currency Legislation Bill 63-35

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So while the US is setting the stage for a possible retaliation against Iranians hiring Mexicans to kill for them, because they obviously can't do it on their own, the US Senate has just passed the China currency legislation bill in a 63 to 35 vote, which in turn will do miracles for Sino-US foreign relations. According to the legislation, it would let companies seek duties to compensate for a weak Chinese yuan. However, as Goldman indicated first thing this morning, the probability of this bill actually being enacted in its current form, or any, is slim to nil: while the Bill is under review by Obama administration, John Boehner, has called it "dangerous." If only he had an idea... Full Goldman take can be found here.

From The Hill:

The Senate approved legislation that could lead to higher tariffs on Chinese imports in a 63-35 vote, with several Republicans voting with Democrats.


The vote poses an immediate quandary for House Republican leaders, who have so far dismissed the bill as a recipe for starting a trade war between the U.S. and China, just when the world is looking for the countries to work together to help maintain global economic growth.


It is also a headache for President Obama, who is cool to a bill that will complicate his administration’s work with China on an array of issues. Obama has also suggested that the bill, if passed, could run foul of international trade rules and lead to retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports, hurting the businesses and workers the legislation is designed to protect.


The bill would require the U.S. to determine which countries' currencies are misaligned, and impose compensating duties on imports from those countries if this misalignment is not corrected. While not specifically aimed at China, the bill is seen as an answer to what most agree is an undervalued Chinese currency that makes it harder for U.S. companies to compete against relatively less expensive Chinese goods.

Naturally the Alliance for American Manufacturing was ecstatic by this development:

This evening, the U.S. Senate passed S.1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011, a bill to address China’s ongoing currency manipulation, by a vote of 63-35. 


Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul:


"The Senate's vote is a win for American jobs. A strong bipartisan majority has said to China: Stop the cheating on currency or face consequences. And more importantly, American manufacturers and their workers know that the Senate will guarantee a level playing field on currency so that we can export and successfully compete in the global marketplace.


"If S.1619 is signed into law, it will create good American jobs. But there is a long way to go. Speaker Boehner and President Obama appear to have concerns about this legislation.  Most trade lawyers who have reviewed the legislation believe it is in compliance with our international trade obligations.  The chances of a 'trade war' with China are about as likely as seeing a unicorn on the Capitol lawn.


"The choice is now clear for Speaker Boehner and President Obama: Will you side with the Beijing regime and outsourcers, or will you stand with American manufacturing? I find it hard to believe that Speaker Boehner would defy a majority of his own caucus and the House of Representatives to placate irrational threats from a communist government. I doubt President Obama wants to be outflanked on China by Mitt Romney or any other presidential candidate after criticizing President Bush on China trade in 2008.


"The passage of the currency bill in the Senate is also a major defeat for special interests. 16 Republican Senators defied the Club for Growth and voted with the strong majority of their constituents for this bill.


"We praise the leadership of Senators Sherrod Brown, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, and Jeff Sessions for authoring and securing passage of S.1619. We also thank Majority Leader Harry Reid for bringing the legislation to the floor and the 63 Senators who supported passage of S.1619 tonight."

We wonder what the AAM will think of this historic victory when that can of Folgers coffee at Wal Mart jumps by 100% in a few months, or when the government has to actually pay a real interest rate for those 10 Year bonds...

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mynhair's picture

Let me guess:  all Dims and RINOs voted aye.

max2205's picture

Another law to be ignored and not enforced. Just like the others

dlmaniac's picture

Senators believe they can bite the hand and still get fed.


Money 4 Nothing's picture

Two wings of the same bird, don't look at their Dem Repub alliance, look at their voting record.

dark pools of soros's picture

look for who buys their hookers and blow

supernova's picture

I love it that no politician mentions the truth: China manipulates our currency by buying our debt and financing our deficit.

jcaz's picture

Great time for a turf war!

mynhair's picture

Get your effing dog off my lawn!

Arkadaba's picture

My dad is bigger than your dad!

SilverIsKing's picture

One stipulation though...

All compensation must fit inside a fortune cookie.

carbonmutant's picture

So what's the message...?

BurningFuld's picture

It suddenly becomes clear why all the Chinese are buying property in Vancouver.

Cabreado's picture

Hubris + Influence + Ignorance = Turmoil

nmewn's picture

With some cross overs by the count.

Attention Walmart shoppers ;-)

Western's picture

There's no evidence that a rising yuan will lead to a bilateral trade deficit.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Close the ports down, ship all the shit back to china. Fuck em.

Americans can even make a plastic cup or a nail anymore. Some chinaman has to do it.

mynhair's picture

Fergot a 't'.  F for effort.

Dumb Honkie's picture

You sound like a stupid HONKIE mother fucker. go home fuck your ugly mama.

Alvaro de Esteban's picture

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.”
? Frédéric Bastiat

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.”
? Frédéric Bastiat
Clint Liquor's picture

The Swiss devalued their currency by 10% in an hour and China is a currency manipulator?

mynhair's picture

Trump the Chump sez so, so it must be true.

PaperBear's picture


Another volley in the currency war.

Comay Mierda's picture

cue treasury dump in 3... 2... 1...

depression's picture

We just mad cuz China quit buying our worthless Treasury debt and are buying up all the Gold, Silver and rare earth metals on the planet.

mynhair's picture

Slight correction:  mines, as well as physical.

Arkadaba's picture

And oil and gas at least in Canada. Most Canadians are not aware of the buying spree that is going on but they should be:

Clint Liquor's picture

We don't need China to buy Treasury debt, we have the FED for that.

nmewn's picture

Go with the enemy ya know

knukles's picture

Yeah, we can be self-sustaining like them Japaneses.

LongBalls's picture

Your right. The FED will step in and buy the surplus at T Bill debt auctions if China continues to slow the pace. Probably from the Camen Islands. This looks good to the sheeple but the elite will be furious at their loosening grip on China. The another peice of the chess game has been moved into position.

swissaustrian's picture

So Chinese goods will be more expensive for US consumers as a consequence of that.

Looking forward to the next CPI.

Rainman's picture

Idiots.....I always wanted to punch teacher in the nose too. A giant fuck up is born.

nwskii's picture

no wonder they dont let anyone into fort knox

mynhair's picture

And the EURUSD could care less.

Kinda like me about that Reid critter.

chump666's picture

No problems.  Shanghai collapses last session after huge government intervention, China implodes they then buy up USD's and re-peg the Yuan to the USD.  Trade war ahead and a big one.

then watch US company profits (offshore operations ala China) start to slide into nothing.

buzzsaw99's picture

Time to buy "B" shares. emerging. markets. bitchez.

mynhair's picture

I prefer TAP shares.  Don't like generic beer shares.

(Yes, shares DO come in cans, plus, you wind up with kicking material.)

buzzsaw99's picture

Humor. :Excellent!: [/Mr. Burns]


FreudianSlip's picture

Like all other 3rd world countries (which keeps them 3rd world), place triple import taxes onto anything coming into the country.  Let's start with China and then expand it to every other country to stop all imports into US.  That should slow down things to a backward crawl as we have little industrial manufacturing to create anything to sell to ourselves, let alone export.


Hey...we could export illegal aliens and entitlement recipients...we've produced lots of those lately.


Anyone considered quit expanding fascist government and insane spending that produces nothing?


Hummm, guess they missed Critical Thinking Classes at Harvard.

bsdetector's picture

We have been exporting illegal aliens; they are in the form of college grads that have used our education system to gain knowledge to bring home to their own people. And our colleges got paid for the making those graduates.   

Stack Trace's picture

Bring the trade war on. Time to force a reset on our banana republic and our endless bleeding of our ability to create wealth for ourselves. So what if junk from China costs 2X more...we can just make the junk ourselves and pay ourselves for it.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Nooot a good idea when Russia will be the paymaster for China. Not good. Now, they will not be able to sell American goods in China becasue there will be cheaper alternatives there. Soo, we buy all their shit now becoming more expensive and we can't sell anything to them cause nobody will want it. Real nice dumb fuckers. That should really make some jobs here.


China is a currency manipulator? Were the worst ones of them all!

 This Country is totally fucked now, watch what happens.


mynhair's picture

This could hurt Tsing Tao sales.....

knukles's picture


Fed's all outa ammo.
Fiscal stimuli turns neutral/contractionary
Fucking Trade Wars

All Hail Smoot Hawley!
In Smoot Hawley We Trust

Root for the Fucking Bead Lines!


mynhair's picture

Have no beads left; bought Manhattan with them.

Guess I better get in line.....

BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

We need to go further, much further:

1. A complete embargo on Chinese goods imported to the US. Kill Wal-mart and destroy China's economy. We can live without their crap - they can't live without their jobs.

2. Repudiate all US debt held in Chinese hands. Wipe your asses with it, bitches!