WASHINGTON—A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sent a letter today to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United States.
As noted in the joint letter (See a link to the full letters below):
“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-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) outlining these requests.
See the full letters here:
The letters were signed by the following organizations. Please see relevant contacts where provided:
MAIN PRESS CONTACT:
Coalition for a Prosperous America
Melissa Tallman, (202) 688-5145 ext. 3
National Cotton Council
Marjory L. Walker, (901) 274-9030
Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network
Michael M. Woody, (401) 331-8483
SEAMS: Association of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry
Will Duncan, (803) 642-1111
Marie D’Avignon, (919)872-8909
Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition
David Costello, (617) 875-2492