Berry Amendment Holds
October 7, 2005
October 7, 2005 -- An attempt to reduce the effectiveness of the Barry Amendment and make it inapplicable on items used to produce force-protection equipment for a two-year period failed on the Senate floor on Thursday by a vote of 49-50.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.) proposed some 80 amendments that he would have liked incorporate into the authorization bill, with one of them relating to exceptions to the Barry Amendment.
The Berry Amendment was originally created to guarantee a U.S. industrial base to supply the U.S. military with various items during times of war. One of those items is the procurement of wool for military uniforms.
The military purchases approximately 25 percent of the U.S. wool clip.
Currently, the Berry Amendment does allow for a waiver on items that are not available in sufficient quantities.
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