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SA 2679. Ms. KLOBUCHAR submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 2847, making appropriations for the Department of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


On page 125, between lines 10 and 11, insert the following:
Sec. 111. (a) Report on Export Assistance to Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses.--Not later than 45 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall submit to Congress a report on--
(1) the status of the current programs of the Department of Commerce to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States with respect to facilitating the exportation of goods produced in the United States to emerging markets, including the People's Republic of China, Brazil, and India; and
(2) the feasibility of providing additional assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States with respect to facilitating the exportation of goods produced in the United States to emerging markets.
(b) Contents.--The report required by subsection (a) shall include--
(1) an assessment of the ability of the Department of Commerce--
(A) to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States in--
(i) finding and utilizing Federal and private resources to facilitate the exportation of goods produced in the United States to emerging markets;
(ii) establishing and maintaining continuous direct and personal contact with other businesses that have entered into emerging markets;
(iii) resolving disputes with the Government of the United States or the governments of emerging markets relating to intellectual property rights violations or import or export restrictions or other trade barriers; and
(iv) the consolidation of fees charged by the Department for Gold Key Matching Services provided for businesses that export goods or services produced in the United States to more than one market; and
(B) to locate and recruit businesses to enter the emerging markets;
(C) to develop and implement trade missions to emerging markets;
(2) recommendations with respect to additional assistance that the Department could provide to small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States with respect to facilitating the exportation of goods to emerging markets; and
(3) an estimate of--
(A) the cost of any such additional assistance;
(B) the number of additional personnel required to carry out such assistance; and
(C) the cost of consolidating or reducing fees under paragraph (1)(A)(iv).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 13, 2009.)