House Passes American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act

April 29, 2016

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, by a vote of 415-2.

Endorsed by the National Council of Textile Organizations, the bill reforms the process by which Congress will consider future Miscellaneous Tariff Bill legislation. Through the MTB, Congress temporarily suspends or reduces tariffs on certain imported products not made in the United States, helping American manufacturers reduce costs, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

"We thank the House for passing this bill and urge the Senate to take it up immediately," said NCTO President and CEO Augustine Tantillo. "It is crucial for the Senate to move quickly so that the long-stalled MTB process can be restarted.

"The MTB is essential to American competitiveness as U.S. textile manufacturers reinvest the duty savings to boost jobs and innovation," Tantillo finished.

The American Sheep Industry Association used this legislation in prior years to waive the tariff on imported wool packs, which are not manufactured in the United States.