Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / NCTO calls on Senate to act on Kissell Bill
NCTO calls on Senate to act on Kissell Bill
Sep '10
NCTO (National Council of Textile Organizations) applauded Congressman Larry Kissell (D-NC) for securing passage of H.R. 3116, the Berry Amendment Extension Act an important textile jobs bill. The textile jobs bill requires the U.S. government to source textile and apparel products for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The legislative win follows the enactment of a related piece of textile jobs legislation, the “Kissell Amendment,” that won Congressional approval in March 2009, just months after Congressman Kissell was sworn into office. The two pieces of legislation are the first new requirements in 15 years that require the government to give priority to domestic textile producers when purchasing textile products.

NCTO President Cass Johnson said, “We applaud and thank Congressman Kissell for his leadership and for continuing his aggressive push to ensure that textile workers in his district and around the country are given new opportunities in Washington D.C. In May, Congressman Kissell also introduced another job creating textile bill, H.R. 5393, the Textile Security and Enforcement Act (TESA).

“TESA will also create U.S. jobs because it cracks down on textile customs fraud from China and Pakistan, which has taken production away from the textile supply chain in the Western Hemisphere and has cost the jobs of tens of thousands of textile workers. H.R. 5393 will eliminate fraud and will bring back textile jobs to the United States.”

NCTO also thanked Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) for co-sponsoring the legislation and applauded Representatives Coble, Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Laura Richardson (D-CA) for voicing strong support for the bill on the House floor.

Regarding H.R. 3116, the Berry Amendment Extension Act extends the Berry Amendment, which mandates that textile and apparel products purchased by the Department of Defense be made in the United States, to the Department of Homeland Security in accordance with international obligations. H.R. 3116 makes permanent the original Kissell Amendment, which applies to goods sourced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Coast Guard under the Stimulus Bill. H.R. 3116 also gives the Obama Administration the authority to apply H.R. 3116 to the entire agency which includes Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement (ICE), in addition to the Coast Guard and TSA.

NCTO urged the Senate to pass the legislation and for the Obama Administration to take the necessary steps required under international trade law to apply H.R. 3116 as intended by Congress. “We urge the Senate to move quickly on a companion measure and for the Obama Administration to designate that all agencies within the Department of Homeland Security must source textile and apparel products only from U.S. producers.”

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Strong rupee & weak trade to affect textile exporters

Textile and apparel exporters' earnings and EBITDA margins will be...

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Myntra acquires InLogg

With an aim to strengthen supply chain and logistics, Flipkart-owned...

Textiles | On 22nd Apr 2017

Aditya Birla Group launches new variant Liva Crème

After its successful launch of high quality fabric Liva in 2015,...

Interviews View All

Amrit Sethia

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

Sanjay Yagnik
Maa Tex Speciality

‘We suggest reducing dosage of sizing chemicals to reduce sludge...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search