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House Passes Hare's Bill Requiring Legislative Branch to Buy Products Made in America

Press Release

Date: Sept. 15, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

The House of Representatives today passed the Congressional Made in America Promise Act, legislation authored by Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) that requires all legislative branch offices, including the House of Representatives and the Senate, to buy American-made products.

"We hear a lot about stopping the export of jobs and starting to make things here in America once again, yet for too long Congress has talked the talk, but failed to walk the walk," Hare said. "It is ludicrous that products sold in the Congressional office supply and gift shops are made in China. As an entity that exists for and is supported by the American people, the legislative branch has a duty to invest in American businesses and workers."

The House also passed the Berry Amendment Extension Act which requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to only buy products that are "grown, reprocessed, reused or produced" in America. For the last 60 years, the Berry Amendment has covered the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard, and now it will also apply to DHS, most notably in their uniforms.

"Now our national security officers will wear the products key to our future economic security," Hare said. "Requiring DHS to buy American will get our factories humming again, and keep them going into the future."

These two bills are part of the House Democrats' "Make it in America" agenda, an all-out push to restore our manufacturing base.

"Manufacturing has been an especially hard hit sector of our economy," Hare continued. "It is absolutely essential that we continue to reinvest in our manufacturing base and create jobs for ordinary, middle class Americans. With initiatives like those in the Make it in America agenda, we can get back on the path to long-term, sustainable job growth."