Fitzpatrick pushes American-made products bill

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) held a press conference on Friday to tout his new bill that would highlight American-made products and incentivize manufacturers to increase domestic production.

The proposed bill, the Made in America Act of 2013, would create 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,” Fitzpatrick said. “This bill helps consumers easily identify when they’re buying American. By connecting American consumers to American manufacturers like never before, we can bring more good paying manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.”

Fitzpatrick said American-made products are often associated with increased safety and quality and that companies with U.S. manufacturing facilities are attracting consumers by identifying their products as American-made.

The proposed legislation standardizes the identification process, Fitzpatrick said.

“We need to make things in America again,” Rep. John Carney (D-Del.), a cosponsor of the bill, said. “‘The America Star Program’ will make it easier for consumers to find American-made products and support the companies that are committed to employing American workers. It also creates an incentive for companies that are deciding whether to move production facilities back to the U.S.”