Textiles and Our Military
The U.S. textile industry provides high-tech and functional components for over $1.8 billion worth of vital uniforms and equipment for our armed forces each year. The Department of Defense estimates that over 8,000 different textile items are purchased for use by the U.S. military, and this figure rises to over 30,000 line items when individual sizes are considered. As domestic suppliers, U.S. textile mills provide the highest quality goods on a timetable that our armed forces demand.
It is vital that the U.S. military maintain the ability to source high-quality, innovative textile materials, apparel, and personal equipment from U.S. textile producers. Key to this goal is maintaining the integrity of the Berry Amendment (10 USC 2533a) and a vibrant domestic industrial base. To that end, NCTO opposes any measure that would weaken the Berry Amendment.
Expanding Buy America in Government Procurement
Buy America laws ensure tax dollars are used to purchase U.S.-made products in the government procurement process. President Trump campaigned on the promise to use more American-sourced material in large government sponsored projects by pledging to “buy American and hire American.” NCTO believes reasonable Buy America laws strengthen the domestic manufacturing base, create good paying jobs, and provide value and high-quality products to the American taxpayer.
NCTO supports reasonable Buy America rules as part of any new national infrastructure projects to take advantage of quality American-made products wherever possible. Congress should also strengthen current programs and expand Buy America procurement rules to other federal agencies.