Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08 went in front of the rules committee today to try to fulfill promises made to American textile workers by his predecessor, Robin Hayes. With less than three full weeks under his belt, Kissell proposed an amendment to the committee and his amendment is included as part of the stimulus bill. Tomorrow, that amendment will be debated on the House floor.
The amendment would require the Department of Homeland Security purchase uniforms from American textile companies. Hayes tried and failed to get similar legislation through the House. You will find the full amendment here.
This morning, Congressional Quarterly is running an article that explains just how many hurdles, Rep. Kissell had to clear in order to have his amendment considered and included. According to CQ, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Chair of the Rules Committee set three standards that had to be met for an amendment to be considered. She required that the amendment had to be "germane" to the bill, it had to have a stimulative effect on the economy and it couldn't increase the overall cost.
There were 206 amendments proposed in the 3+ hour meeting of the Rules committee. Full video of the meeting is here. Only 11 amendments made it through the cut. From CQ:
Larry Kissell , a freshman Democrat from North Carolina, had offered amendments intended to direct stimulus spending to American textile and metal manufacturers. He was one of the lucky ones; his proposal for uniform purchases to be made from American textile-makers was put on the docket for a Wednesday floor vote.
Dang, I'm proud of Larry.