Through a bill entitled the “Temporary Duty Suspension Process Act of 2012,” Senators Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, are seeking to amend the process for drafting the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (“MTB”). The MTB temporarily suspends import duties on certain items manufactured outside the United States. The Senators say that the current process is very political and is not transparent. Under the current system, companies must get a lawmaker to introduce legislation to suspend duties on a particular product. Congress then sends that individual bill to the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”), which evaluates it to determine if it will become part of the larger MTB package. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee then bundle the bills that qualify into the MTB. The proposed bill from Senators Portman and McCaskill would allow companies to go directly to the ITC to request duty suspensions. The bill also would provide for public notice and comment during the process. Based on the requests and comments that it receives, the ITC would draft a bill, which would be submitted to the House and Senate Committees.