WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a statement issued on April 20, 2017, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauds President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. While there are numerous Buy American provisions that already exist in the U.S., this is the first order under the new administration. Previous efforts include the Berry Amendment, which requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to purchase all its clothing from 100 percent American-made labor and materials. A more recent addition includes the Kissell Amendment, which requires that the Department of Homeland Security purchase U.S.-made textiles and clothing for Coast Guard personnel.
“Buying American is good for the country, good for American jobs, and good for the U.S. textile industry,” says Auggie Tantillo, CEO of the NCTO, adding that the DOD sourced more than $1 billion in textiles in 2016 under the Berry Amendment.
Trump signed the executive order on April 18, which directs the federal government to provide preference towards materials produced in the U.S. The White House says the order aims to “promote economic and national security and to help stimulate economic growth.”
To read the NCTO’s full statement, visit http://www.ncto.org/ncto-applauds-president-trumps-executive-order-on-buy-american/.