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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said after four years of hard work, S. 149, the Export Administration Act (EAA) of 2001, passed by the Senate during the 107th Congress is dead, but not forgotten.

Enzi plans to introduce a revamped export control bill in the 108th Congress.

"S. 149 was a good bill that would have put into place an effective framework for controlling exports and would have substantially increased penalties to deter illegal exports," said Enzi. "However, there are areas of the old bill that can be enhanced to create a new and improved EAA."

Enzi said the creation of the new Department of Homeland Security may have an affect on the final product and one area in particular he would like to review is foreign availability and mass market status.

"Investigating ways to incorporate foreign availability and mass market status as criteria for controlling goods on the Commerce Control List may help streamline the licensing process and save time and money," said Enzi.

Enzi said he would also like to make provisions concerning multilateral export control regimes more prominent, indicating that consolidation of the various regimes and arrangements may enhance the value of their membership.

Enzi said he plans to take the necessary steps next year to reauthorize the legislation and intends to work with all of the stakeholders to pass a bill that enhances national security while preserving the ability of exporters to maintain and grow their markets.