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AAFA applauds signing of HR 1 containing Kissel amendment
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Feb '09
Today, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR 1), which included an amendment by U.S. Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC) to expand the Berry Amendment to certain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) applauds Congress and the Administration for supporting an amendment, which requires DHS agencies to purchase textiles and clothing, such as uniforms, manufactured in the United States with domestically-made inputs.

For sixty years, the Berry Amendment has ensured that American ingenuity and innovation go into every uniform, combat boot, parachute, body armor and other textile-based products for America's military. In the interest of preserving our national security at home, this extension will now allow our domestic manufacturers to provide their decades' worth of service and experience to the protection of our beloved homeland. The Kissell extension affects only new government procurement contracts.

“Today, Congress took decisive action to ensure the strength and viability of America's apparel and footwear government contractors,” said AAFA Government Contracts Committee Chairman Michael Mansh. “These new opportunities will enable domestic manufacturers to offer and provide the Department of Homeland Security with state-of-the-art equipment to preserve our national security.”

“I would like to extend special thanks to Congressman Larry Kissell who introduced and pushed for the adoption of this language into the stimulus package,” added Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, AAFA. “His actions will prove beneficial to our security, his home state of North Carolina and the United States.”

“AAFA would also like to extend our gratitude to former Congressman Robin Hayes,” continued Burke, “whose support for the Berry Amendment and this legislation has been crucial to the support of the domestic industry throughout his years of service in Congress.”

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.

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