PARKERSBURG - A bill requiring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase American-made uniforms, footwear, field packs and other equipment was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
The legislation requires Homeland Security agencies to buy American-made products, such as garments and equipment, rather than foreign-made goods.
"We have seen too many people lose their jobs to foreign companies, and our federal agencies can take this important step to help support good-paying jobs at home," Rockefeller said.
A similar rule already applies to the Pentagon, Rockefeller said.
"Particularly with many Americans struggling to find work, it's important that the federal government supports our workers and businesses," he said. "In turn, the workers at (Homeland Security) can be proud that their uniforms and equipment are made in America. "
Rockefeller has introduced and co-sponsored several bills protecting existing jobs and create new ones in the United States and bills to level the playing field for American companies with foreign competition, offer incentives to companies to keep jobs in the U.S., and encourage job-training programs.