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AAFA applauds House passage of measure to re-instate tariff suspensions
Jul '10
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) applauded an affirmative vote by U.S. House of Representatives to immediately re-instate job-creating trade benefits under the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act (H.R. 4380). Previously known as the Miscellaneous Tariff and Trade Bill, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 was sponsored by Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) and passed the House by a vote of 378 to 43 following an AAFA key vote letter sent to every member of the House urging for swift passage of the measure.

“It is clear our economy is on the verge of recovery,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Opportunities stemming from the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act could be just the boost our economy needs to start creating and sustaining jobs here at home while providing cost-saving benefits to hardworking American families.”

“Just like exports, imports play an important role in our overall economic health,” Burke said. “Without imports, jobs cannot be created or sustained and prices inevitably go up on products that are no longer made in the United States. In fact, this bill provides U.S. manufacturers access to critical inputs needed to keep them competitive in today's economy.”

“I applaud Representative Levin for his diligent work bringing this bill to the House floor for fair consideration,” Burke said. “All political posturing aside, this bill truly works for the benefit of U.S. consumers, manufacturers, and our economy. The U.S. apparel and footwear industry will continue encouraging our elected officials to support this legislation as it makes its way through the Senate and eventually arrives on the President's desk.”

Crafted through a very transparent process, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act contains hundreds of provisions that extend tariff relief for goods, materials, and other inputs that are no longer made in the United States. About four dozen of the provisions will directly benefit the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industries, their U.S. workers, and their U.S. consumers.

These provisions are critical for U.S. based manufacturers. In many cases, the provisions will reduce or eliminate tariffs on inputs needed by U.S. manufacturers. In other cases, the tariff relief is on a finished product that contains U.S. manufactured inputs. In both cases, the tariff relief enables U.S. companies to produce globally competitive products that are then sold in the United States or exported.

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