Letter to Biden, Congressional leaders

Industry, union coalition recommend USA-made PPE policy measures

Posted February 3, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic sent a letter on January 29 to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to reestablish a permanent PPE industry in the U.S.

 

As noted in the joint letter:

 

“The heroic efforts of the U.S. textile industry and its exemplary workforce throughout this crisis clearly demonstrate that domestic industry has the technical capabilities and capacity to make the United States self-sufficient in terms of our national PPE needs. However, the permanence of this [industry] is dependent on the development of government policies designed to help domestic manufacturers survive the current economic crisis and incentivize the long-term investment needed to bring PPE production back onshore. If appropriate policies are not implemented, the valuable and substantial progress made over the past year to onshore a vibrant PPE industry will evaporate in the face of China’s global manufacturing dominance in the PPE sector.” 

 

The associations are requesting that President Biden and Congress adopt the policy recommendations outlined in the letter through legislation, executive order and other appropriate means.

 

The coalition sent a letter to President Biden and a second letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) outlining these requests.

 

See the full letters here:

 

Industry Labor Letter COVID Relief to Congress

 

Industry Labor Letter COVID Relief to President Biden

 

The letters were signed by the following organizations:

 

  • National Council of Textile Organizations

  • AFL-CIO

  • Coalition for a Prosperous America

  • Georgia Association of Manufacturers

  • Hand Tools Institute

  • INDA: Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

  • National Cotton Council

  • Narrow Fabrics Institute

  • Parachute Industry Association

  • Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network

  • SEAMS: Association of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry

  • SPESA: Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas

  • South Carolina Textile Council

  • U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute

  • United States Footwear Manufacturers Association

  • United Steelworkers

  • Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition

  • Workers United/SEIU

 

“Our members and our industry need these federal imperatives in place to ensure domestic readiness for the next pandemic,” said Dave Rousse, INDA president.

 

Source: NCTO, INDA

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