By Ramsey Cox
Brown’s bill, the Wear American Act, would revise current law requiring that 51 percent of federal agency purchases of textiles and apparel be made on American products, requiring that all textile and apparel articles acquired by federal agencies be manufactured from articles, materials or supplies entirely grown, produced or manufactured in the United States. He said it’s critical to the economic recovery to boost domestic apparel and textile manufacturing.
Brown introduced S. 3444 this summer and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I) is the only co-sponsor. The bill also would provide flexibility to federal agencies in the event that such textiles and apparel aren’t produced in the United States.