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senate Bill S. 1518

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.

operaman's Opinion
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04/03/2016
Obviously, "Made in USA" implies the supplies to make the goods came from the USA. Maybe we should also have a label "Assembled in USA" OR "Made and Assembled in USA" or "Made in China and Assembled in USA." I'm sure if you read the fine print from the original bill, there could be clear definitions of what the labels indicates.
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John's Opinion
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04/03/2016
Businesses and consumers do not need to keep track of 50 separate sets of regulations if they don't have to. Interstate commerce is facilitated by common labeling. If states want to add a "Made in Georgia" or "Made in California" sticker, go right ahead.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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04/04/2016
So long as it's not only partially made in the U.S., states should be able to make their own label regulation.
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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.

Loraki's Opinion
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04/03/2016
I'm tired of Uncle Sam trying to take over all the states' rights! The Federal government needs to stick to its responsibilities as outlined in the Constitution and get over the mindset that they have to run everything! This bill would ensure that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) standards for products labeled as “Made in USA” or “Made in America” supercede state regulations of the use of those 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 ensure federal laws about how that product is introduced, advertised, offered for sale, or sold.
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Dianne's Opinion
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04/03/2016
States should enforce their own "made in USA" but only if all of it is made in the USA, like the assembly and the materials and the decent wages above $20. For the products, lets stop thinking like the historical rip off and cheat'm Rockefeller's and the Beilderbergsrs, hoe about dome honesty or integrity for a change!!!! We are sick of the crap!!!! , ,
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Leon's Opinion
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04/03/2016
The states should decide the limits of government not the other way around.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedJune 4th, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 1518?

This bill would ensure that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) standards for products labeled as “Made in USA” or “Made in America” supercede state regulations of the use of those 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 ensure federal laws about 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; and the FTC.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1518

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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 labelling 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) explains that making the existing federal standard the only standard for “Made in USA” labelling 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
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AKA

Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of 2015

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.

    Obviously, "Made in USA" implies the supplies to make the goods came from the USA. Maybe we should also have a label "Assembled in USA" OR "Made and Assembled in USA" or "Made in China and Assembled in USA." I'm sure if you read the fine print from the original bill, there could be clear definitions of what the labels indicates.
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    I'm tired of Uncle Sam trying to take over all the states' rights! The Federal government needs to stick to its responsibilities as outlined in the Constitution and get over the mindset that they have to run everything! This bill would ensure that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) standards for products labeled as “Made in USA” or “Made in America” supercede state regulations of the use of those 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 ensure federal laws about how that product is introduced, advertised, offered for sale, or sold.
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    Businesses and consumers do not need to keep track of 50 separate sets of regulations if they don't have to. Interstate commerce is facilitated by common labeling. If states want to add a "Made in Georgia" or "Made in California" sticker, go right ahead.
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    So long as it's not only partially made in the U.S., states should be able to make their own label regulation.
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    The states should decide the limits of government not the other way around.
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    States should enforce their own "made in USA" but only if all of it is made in the USA, like the assembly and the materials and the decent wages above $20. For the products, lets stop thinking like the historical rip off and cheat'm Rockefeller's and the Beilderbergsrs, hoe about dome honesty or integrity for a change!!!! We are sick of the crap!!!! , ,
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    No way! Federal Gov. Ruins all things it can get its paws on!
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    No once again the feds take more power away from the citizenry. This needs to stop.
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    The Constitution states in the 10th amendment that any law not specifically mentioned will be decided through the separate state governments. Let the states do it.
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    This is just another infringement on states rights and another unnecessary regulatory burden on businesses.
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    The FTC have a (relatively low) standard. If States want there to be a higher requirement in their border, then let them! Jeez, this is a no-brainier. What's the point of having States if they can't have influence over their own regulations!
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    Heck no. Where is this "Made in the USA Assurance Office" going to be? How much will it cost to set up and run? What enforcement powers will it have? Who had this bright idea?
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    To be competitive with countries for trade our standards need to the same across all states.
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    No
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    This should be left to the states.
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    Make labels standard across the board. It's will implement a sense of national pride. Honestly this isn't as important as other issues, and if there is states who don't agree, a compromise or compromises should be affiliated with this bill.
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    I guess I don't fully understand what this is. Just put it on there (made in USA) what's the big deal?
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    This is what the national government is for: coordination. By ensuring consistency and then allowing states to add their own requirements of need be, the federal system of government is doing its job. By letting the states do their own thing (in terms of economic progress), the purpose of federalism is defeated.
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