Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would highlight American-made products and incentivize manufacturers to increase domestic production.
The Made in America Act of 2013 [H.R.2664] creates a voluntary, standardized labeling program that would allow consumers to easily identify the extent to which products are American-made.
"Americans know the phrase 'Made in America' carries a meaning of quality and craftsmanship - this bill helps consumers easily identify when they're buying American," said Fitzpatrick. "By connecting American consumers to American manufacturers like never before, we can bring more good paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States."
Over the past several years, global economic factors and increased efficiencies in U.S. manufacturing have led to an 'in-sourcing' trend that has seen more companies locate manufacturing facilities in the United States. As American-made products are often associated with increased safety and quality, companies with U.S. manufacturing facilities have also started attracting consumers by identifying their products as American-made. This legislation standardizes that identification process.
The Made in America Act was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It was introduced along with Congressman John Carney (D-DE).
Reprinted in part from Textiles and Trade