FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Earl F. Hilliard--P894219
EARL F. HILLIARD
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
House of Representatives
Hon. Robert Pitofsky
Dear Mr. Pitofsky:
Enclosed you will find a letter addressed to me from Mr. Stewart Burkhalter, President of Alabama AFL-CIO. He has written to me concerning the FTC proposed opening of the label, "Made in U.S.A." to allow more foreign use of the term.
We have encountered foreign use of the label already - sewn into garments made in low-wage nations and illegally sold in the United States by unscrupulous retailers, including some of the largest in the nation. Also, retailers have been found to be selling foreign-made goods while advertising them as American-made. The solution is not to open up the label to increased abuse, but to enforce the present restrictions.
American workers are already being badly injured by the unfair exportation of their jobs by their employers. We must never collaborate with such an offense to the American people. I specifically call upon you to see to it that the traditional use of the label is maintained, and is rigorously enforced.
Please in inform me of your position on this matter, and on progress toward protection of American workers. If there is anything else that I can do to be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.
Earl F. Hilliard
Earl F. Hilliard
Member of Congress
May 27, 1997
Congressman Earl Hilliard
Dear Congressman Hilliard:
Working men and women and consumers need your help. The Federal Trade Commission is proposing to no longer restrict use of the "Made in U.S.A." label to products and advertisements for merchandise with "all or virtually all" U.S. parts and labor. Instead, the agency announced, it will permit use of the label for products which either are:
The new guidelines would make the "Made in U.S.A." label a fraud on the American public and open the door even wider to the export of U.S. jobs.
Congress has a watchdog function over the FTC and the FTC must be called to task by you and the other members of Congress.