October 5, 1998
H.R. 563 - Establishment of a "Made in America" Information
Program in the Commerce Department
(Traficant (D) Ohio and 31 cosponsors)
The Administration opposes House passage of H.R. 563, which would require
the Commerce Department to conduct a rulemaking to determine whether to
establish a fee-supported program to help inform consumers whether a
product is "Made in America". The Administration understands the desire to
help consumers determine whether a product is American made; however, the
Administration has serious concerns about H.R. 563.
The Treasury Department's Customs Service and the Federal Trade Commission
already seek to provide U.S. consumers with information about
country-of-origin and to protect them from fraudulently or deceptively
labeled goods. Any attempt to legislate an additional Federal role in
"Made-in-America" issues may unnecessarily duplicate current efforts. The
toll free number proposal may also overlap ongoing private sector efforts.
In addition, there are a number of serious administrative difficulties
presented by H.R. 563.