MARBLEHEAD, Mass., November 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) commends the United States Congress for including several provisions aimed at supporting and strengthening the national industrial base within the Law on investment in infrastructure and employment. By including provisions that prioritize the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential safety items made in the United States, Congress recognized the urgent need to manufacture American quality products to meet current and future crises. These provisions are an important step towards ending our dependence on shoddy foreign-made products.
“Title IX – Build America, Buy America” from Law on investment in infrastructure and employment includes supported WPRC Make PPE in America Act, originally co-sponsored by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Representative Ted Budd (R-NC), Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) and Representative Marriannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA). This provision requires the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish two-year contracts to encourage investment in national production of PPE.
The WPRC has worked diligently with industry partners and original sponsors to identify and develop a comprehensive list of critical security features that were not available in the country at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes surgical masks, respirators and motorized air-purifying respirators and filters as required, face shields and goggles, gloves, disposable and reusable surgical and isolation gowns, and headgear. and foot covers, or any other equipment or clothing used to protect a person from disease transmission. Items assembled outside of the United States must always contain alone materials and components that are grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the United States.
WPRC Executive Director David Costello said: “The inclusion of this provision in the infrastructure package is an important victory for the US industrial base and a solid complement to other legislative proposals designed to ensure that domestic companies have the resources. necessary to produce critical security items in the United States. Requiring two-year supply contracts and extending the requirements of the Berry Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a significant positive impact on U.S. businesses to plan for future challenges and improve the national security of the United States. “
In addition, Title IX contains a provision supported by the WPRC that requires the General Services Administration (GSA) to make public any waivers issued for the award of non-compliant contracts to Buy American. Increasing transparency and public awareness of non-national federal government procurement will help companies identify gaps in domestic production and meet demand with higher quality American-made products. Public disclosure of items that are not available in the United States is a model for all government procurement policy. The WPRC continues to support provisions that increase transparency in procurement and broaden the range of opportunities for the domestic industrial base to reduce our dependence on equipment and equipment manufactured abroad.
About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition
The WPRC is the unified voice of advocacy for the individual and unit-level equipment needs of combatants and peacekeepers. WPRC’s leading tactical equipment, apparel, textiles, materials and technology companies are committed to ensuring that U.S. service members, homeland security personnel, and frontline healthcare workers receive premium products built on a robust industrial base, now and in the future. For a full list of WPRC member companies, please visit www.guerrierprotection.net.