On March 8, the Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers (PASS Coalition) joined 37 stakeholder partners in a letter to congressional leadership requesting the removal of the SHOP SAFE Act (H.R. 5374) from the conference legislation between the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the House’s America COMPETES Act. The groups warned that, as currently written, the SHOP SAFE Act could impose unreasonable regulations on electronic commerce companies to prevent the sale of counterfeit products. “Congress should not shoehorn this kind of dramatic policy change into the final compromise between USICA and America COMPETES or other ‘must-pass legislation,” the letter states. “Allowing SHOP SAFE to proceed, as-is and tacked-on to unrelated legislation, would set a dangerous precedent for policymaking that is fundamentally connected to our economy, innovation, competition, and free speech.”
POLITICO's coverage of the letter can be viewed below.
HILL LEADERS URGED TO STRIP SHOP SAFE FROM USICA CONFERENCE: An expansive coalition of industry lobbyists, advocacy groups and academics are writing this morning to press House and Senate leadership to remove the bipartisan SHOP SAFE Act (H.R. 5374) from sprawling competitiveness legislation ahead of a conference between the two chambers.