July 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation led by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to establish a uniform federal standard for products labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” or “Made in America.” Under current conditions, businesses that make their products in the United States face a patchwork of different state laws – making compliance costs burdensome in order to ensure products can be sold across the country with the designation. The Reinforcing American-Made Products Act replaces this needlessly complicated approach with a uniform standard for Made in America products – easing the compliance costs for product labeling and incentivizing American manufacturing.
“When a consumer sees a Made-in-America label, they know they’re purchasing a high-quality product and supporting American jobs,” said Senator King. “These labels are simple and straightforward, and the process should be, too — so shoppers can know what they’re buying and choose to support American manufacturers. My legislation with Senator Lee will do exactly that, removing unnecessary bureaucracy to create clearer choices for consumers and help boost American businesses and workers.”
During his two terms as Governor and from his first days in the United States Senate, Senator King has sought to prioritize American manufacturing, to promote domestic economic resilience and also further national security interests. He has co-sponsored the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act in the last several Congressional sessions, and seeks out opportunities to tour Maine’s large and small businesses to stay up-to-date with their needs.