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senate Bill S. 118

Should Federal Standards for “Made in USA” Labels Supersede State Regulations?

Argument in favor

The FTC’s guidelines for “Made in America” labels should continue to be the standard businesses use for that label. States shouldn’t enforce their own standards because it could negatively impact interstate commerce.

Amer's Opinion
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07/04/2017
If States want to use a made in California or made in Texas label, they can do that, but the USA label should be standardized by the USA.
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Sumeeta 's Opinion
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07/04/2017
It is very expensive and cumbersome for small businesses doing interstate commerce to comply with 50 different state regulations. It is better for businesses and consumers alike to have one consistent standard.
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Jerry's Opinion
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07/04/2017
Made in the USA means just that so the Feds should control the standard. There are many companies that reside within different states such as Boeing. Operating in different states with different requirements doesn't make sense. One standard one label. I live in California and their standards are not business friendly. Businesses are leaving in droves.
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Argument opposed

If individual states want to implement “Made in USA” labeling requirements beyond the FTC’s standard of “all or virtually all” of a product being made in the U.S. they should be able to. It should be businesses’ job to comply with each state’s standard.

Benjamin's Opinion
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07/04/2017
This is in response to California requiring a product to actually be "Made in the USA" to be labeled "Made in the USA"? Sounds like California, once again, is merely demanding honesty from corporations. How about Republicans start figuring out how they're going to "fix" healthcare instead of wasting time with frivolous laws?
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mikesindahouse's Opinion
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07/04/2017
How regulations work: If there is a national regulation, law, or standard ( I'm going to abbreviate RLS) it serves as the bare minimum requirement for the entire country. State and local RLS can be adopted if they meet or exceed the federal standards. States cannot and should not be allowed to opt out of any national standards, laws, or regulations. If they want to add to them then so be it. This system has been in place for decades and works very well to provide a uniform protections and standards for the American people. To break up enforcement of our national / federal laws, regulations, and or standards is to break up the United States of America. Republicans are trying to further divide up our country. Do not let them do it.
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Patty's Opinion
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07/04/2017
Made in the USA should mean exactly that. Not partially or mostly. I suspect this is being promoted by a special interest that couldn't cut the higher standard set by some states.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 118?

This bill would require the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) standard for products labeled as “Made in USA” or “Made in America” to supersede state regulations of the use of such labels for products sold across state lines or in foreign countries. It was introduced to prevent California and other states from enforcing a more stringent standard than the FTC’s Made in USA Standard.

The FTC’s standard holds that “all or virtually all” of a product must be made or assembled in the U.S. in order for businesses to promote products as “Made in USA.” Country of origin labels are required to be disclosed on automobiles, in addition to textile, wool, and fur products — but the FTC’s policy applies to all uses of “Made in USA” labels, whether required or not.

Not only would this legislation apply to “Made in USA” labeling on the physical product, but it would also apply to marketing materials and how that product is introduced, advertised, offered for sale, or sold.

Impact

Businesses that wish to use a “Made in America” or “Made in USA” label on their products; states that want to enforce a stricter standard than the FTC; and the FTC.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 118

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: This legislation was introduced in response to California’s “Made in USA” standard, which only allowed the use of the label when a product was entirely manufactured and assembled in the U.S. While California has since relaxed its standard following complaints, other states could potentially adopt similar standards that burden businesses, which is why Sen. Angus King (I-ME) signed on to this bill as an original cosponsor:

“The revitalization of American manufacturing begins with ensuring that U.S. manufacturers do not face excessive burdens at home. And allowing a more complex and burdensome state standard on so-called Made in the USA labeling to supersede a strong federal standard complicates the work of manufacturers across the country who are, in fact, making it in America, and contributing to their local economies.”

Sponsoring Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained that making the existing federal standard the only standard for “Made in USA” labeling would be beneficial for the economy:

“The ‘Made in USA’ label carries a great deal of importance and influence and many companies strive to boast that their products meet the country’s rigorous standard. Without weakening the standard, my colleagues and I hope to make use of the label less complicated, thus supporting American manufacturing jobs, limiting frivolous lawsuits, and strengthening the U.S. economy.”

This legislation was passed by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on a voice vote, and it is currently cosponsored by four Senators, including three Republicans and one Independent.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: startupzap)

AKA

Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to make exclusive the authority of the Federal Government to regulate the labeling of products made in the United States and introduced in interstate or foreign commerce, and for other purposes.

    If States want to use a made in California or made in Texas label, they can do that, but the USA label should be standardized by the USA.
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    This is in response to California requiring a product to actually be "Made in the USA" to be labeled "Made in the USA"? Sounds like California, once again, is merely demanding honesty from corporations. How about Republicans start figuring out how they're going to "fix" healthcare instead of wasting time with frivolous laws?
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    How regulations work: If there is a national regulation, law, or standard ( I'm going to abbreviate RLS) it serves as the bare minimum requirement for the entire country. State and local RLS can be adopted if they meet or exceed the federal standards. States cannot and should not be allowed to opt out of any national standards, laws, or regulations. If they want to add to them then so be it. This system has been in place for decades and works very well to provide a uniform protections and standards for the American people. To break up enforcement of our national / federal laws, regulations, and or standards is to break up the United States of America. Republicans are trying to further divide up our country. Do not let them do it.
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    Made in the USA should mean exactly that. Not partially or mostly. I suspect this is being promoted by a special interest that couldn't cut the higher standard set by some states.
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    I agree with California. If an item is labeled Made in the USA, it should be made in the USA. Honestly, though, doesn't congress have more important things to be working on than this?? Budgets, healthcare for all (not a disguised tax break bill for the 1%), gun control are a few of the items that float to mind.
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    Guess when repubs are pimping for their corp owners or to support racist voter suppression state laws or regs they'r all for states right, maybe CA stricter rules interfere with their multi national owners scams to sell crap made overseas with deceptive MIA labels
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    It is very expensive and cumbersome for small businesses doing interstate commerce to comply with 50 different state regulations. It is better for businesses and consumers alike to have one consistent standard.
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    If a product is made in the USA, it should be totally made in the USA.
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    You know, for a party that supposedly supports state rights, you are really blowing it. Why is there no common sense?
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    Why? So Trump can have his foreign shit say Made in the USA anyway?
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    What happened to the push for states rights that Republicans are always moaning about. Whose personal business is being affected - someone who's rich and friendly with the Republicans ...
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    Made in the USA means just that so the Feds should control the standard. There are many companies that reside within different states such as Boeing. Operating in different states with different requirements doesn't make sense. One standard one label. I live in California and their standards are not business friendly. Businesses are leaving in droves.
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    Why else would we be divided into states, if you don't like the rules, in your state, move to the one next door
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    There is a need for a consistent quality label, the Federal label. A change to state control would allow inconsistencies in quality and product safety to occur.
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    State's Rights.
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    Less government involvement...right Republicans
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    While California is doing the noble thing in trying to lead the nation in quality standards, the constitution mandates the Congress to handle interstate commerce issues like these.
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    This is unwarranted meddling of the federal government into State law.
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    Why does everything have to be regulated or controlled from DC if it’s considered National in scope? The states can agree to do things amongst themselves without involving the bureaucrats in DC. Plus having 50 states agree on something makes it harder for special interests to carve out their specific case if they have to go to each state to lobby for it. Thousands of politicians instead of just hundreds.
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    The federal government sets the floor. States should be able to set a higher standard. Mike Lee has never had the people's best interest at heart. This is another attempt to sell us out to the corporations. Vote NO
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