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Hagan Congratulates Kissell on Passage of Kissell "Buy American" Amendment - Update

Rep. Larry Kissell fulfills a long-broken promise made by Robin Hayes to help the textile industry and its workers. When he proposed the amendment, Rep. Kissell called it an extension of the Berry Amendment. This new amendment is now known as the Kissell Amendment. A little over a month and Larry has his first bit of legislation passed through both houses of congress and headed to the President's desk.

Senator Kay Hagan had high praise for Kissell's efforts on behalf of North Carolina's textile workers.

The textile industry is a cornerstone in North Carolina, and the Kissell amendment will be a boon for our economy there. I am so pleased to support another member of the delegation in such a worthy endeavor, and pleased that we were able to keep the measure in the conference report. North Carolina families are hurting, and this legislation will help create the jobs that they need. Congressman Kissell’s amendment is a prime example of the kinds of common sense provisions in the economic recovery package that will put people back to work immediately, ensure a certain degree of job security and get the economy moving again. I applaud Congressman Kissell’s success in having his legislation passed as a part of the economic recovery package, and I look forward to seeing the positive effects it will have in North Carolina and around the country.

Rep. Larry Kissell Attaches Expanded "Made in America" Amendment to Stimulus Bill - Video

Rep. Larry Kissell was one of 11 members of Congress who had their amendments to the stimulus bill introduced on the House floor and offered for debate and a vote. In 2007 Kissell's predecessor had introduced a similar bill. He was not able to get it out of committee. In ten years holding the seat, former Rep. Robin Hayes was able to get five bills passed with most introduced to rename post offices in the congressman's district.

Kissell's amendment, if it remains part of the package after the bill makes it through the Senate, will expand the Berry Amendment to require that uniforms purchased by the Department of Homeland Security also be made with fabric and findings manufactured in the United States. The amendment is intended to keep people working and put some textile workers back to work.

For your viewing pleasure....and don't miss the look that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA gives Larry after he challenges Rep. Kissell. We must note that Rep. Westmoreland is a member of the Prayer Caucus, a group that has Robin Hayes on the board of advisors.

Kissell Set to Succeed Where Hayes Failed - Update/Video

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.


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