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Bill would require feds to buy American textiles and apparel

Published: Mon, October 22, 2012 @ 3:03 p.m.

Bill would require feds to buy American textiles and apparel


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate to require the purchase of textiles and apparel by federal agencies to be American made.

The Wear American Act of 2012 would change an existing law requiring 51 percent of those purchases be made in the United States to be 100 percent, said Brown, a Democrat from Avon.

The bill provides flexibility to federal agencies if such textiles and apparel are either not sufficient or not available for production in the United States.

“With our widening trade deficit, we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing and job creation,” Brown said.

Brown unveiled the proposal today during a press conference at Youngstown Nation, a downtown Youngstown business that specializes in American- and Ohio-made products.

“For too long, we’ve seen American manufacturing jobs, including textile and apparel jobs, shipped overseas due to unfair trade that has stacked the deck against American workers,” Brown said. “We know how to make things in America, and the textile sector employs more than half a million workers in the United States, which is why the federal government should be purchasing, whenever possible, apparel that is domestically produced.”


1NilesOhio(998 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Good! There's absolutely no reason why any US governmental organization should buy products outside of the US if they are also available domestically.

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2uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

If government wants to provide protectionism then by all means, it should do their job on this.

The proper way to deal with unfair trade practices is to levy tarriffs on the import goods being dumped here..

Question is with the Buy American mandate is how much business will end up at US businesses instead of our ever growing competitors in the US prisons? That's right, more people than ever in our prisons and highest per capita prison population and those prisones are busy running nothing more than forced labor (slavery).

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3James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

They won't be buying Levis denim. Levis announced that they would close their last factory left in the US during the Clinton Administration. They closed their plant during Bush II's administration. Bush I proposes NAFTA-> Clinton signs NAFTA into law-> Mexico is most favored trading partner until Clinton makes China the favored trading partner due to China's $$$MILLIONS$$$ in campaign contributions towards Clinton's re-election campaign.....

Where is Levis now? Mexico? China? Who even makes textiles from scratch in the USA?

The textile industry suffered the same things basically as the steel industry did his country.

Everything's gone.

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4uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@mrrightsometimes, you demystfied the NAFTA acryonm there.

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5southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Govt can't force legislation like this on people...we are still Americans!

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6redeye1(5677 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Its election time, you should expect anything from an imcumbent who is running SCARED!

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7uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

This isn't legislation on the people. It is on the federal government.

I think we need more laws regulating government itself.

Government has no rights. It isn't a person either :)

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8JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I want my exorbitant amount of Federal income tax to be used in the most efficient manner.

That means buying products that meet the applicable quality standards at the lowest price.

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9NilesOhio(998 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

JoeFromHubbard - That's why the Mahoning Valley was devastated in the 1970's and has never rebounded. Take the money here and spend it overseas. How long do you think that will last before there is no more money here to spend?

Let's not forget that other countries don't have to play by the same rules US manufacturers do, with the EPA, taxes and many other costs added to the product which they cannot control. That's not to mention the currency manipulation that makes domestic goods prohibitively expensive elsewhere and their goods too cheap to pass up here.

They playing field needs to be leveled if manufacturing jobs in the United States has a chance. Unfortunately, that will never happen since many foreign countries and businesses own a large portion of the United States.

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10JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

> > other countries don't have to play by the same rules US manufacturers do, with the EPA, taxes and many other costs added to the product which they cannot control. < <

You can thank a government directed by people like Obama who do not know what it takes to run a successful business but do know how to impede it.

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11tklp(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@NilesOhio...I'm happy that you see no reason not to buy American...except for the main factor in all Government purchases...Price...you see in garments American made products are 20 to 30% more expensive than those made overseas. While I like the idea I can tell you it is difficult to find US goods and be competitive. I prefer US decoration. ( I do decorate most of my goods in house)

Keep in mind our government operates at a deficit and needs to save money where it can. Now every decision has trade offs so do you want US Made garments and a deficit or good garments and a balanced budget?

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12NilesOhio(998 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

tklp - The option shouldn't even be on the table, even with a 20-30% price difference. It's a catch-22 in that they allowed tax-generating businesses to move their manufacturing facilities overseas yet to keep their storefronts here without any kind of import tariff. Thousands and thousands of companies left (along with the jobs) which gives the government less money to work with, which they buy more foreign goods with "because it's less expensive." This starts the cycle again - have to economize so we buy foreign goods which leads to less tax revenue.

It's a vicious cycle that economists and news articles reported on for decades that will cause an economic collapse, yet people kept buying imported goods. Welcome to that economic collapse, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Now that China owns so much of the US, they can't just say "no thanks, we'll make it ourselves." Plus the WTO won't allow the United States to put an import tariff on Chinese goods, yet the Chinese can put an import tariff on US goods.

That's why I buy US-made products any time I can. It means my own job and that of my children. It's a shame that so many others don't see that.

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