Get Ready to Sign the
Buy American Petition!
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
March 22, 2002 - for the American Reformation Project
The time has come for the Senate to stop ignoring the Made in
America Information Act. Crafted by Representative James Traficant,
Jr., HR 725, if passed by the Senate, would set up a toll-free line
consumers can call to find out which products are American made.
At no cost to the government or taxpayers, the service would be
totally funded by domestic manufacturers that choose to participate,
and would include products valued at $250 or greater.
This bill actually has a long history. First introduced by
Traficant in the 103rd Congress, it has been passed by the House of
Representatives in every session of congress since, and passed in
March 2001 by an overwhelming margin of 407-3!
HR 725 currently sits before the Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee, whose members include protectionist Senators
Ernest "Fritz" Hollings and John D. Rockefeller. Both of these
Senators, given their protectionist mindset, should be receptive to
the petition. On the Republican side, however, the ranking Senator is
John McCain, whose free trade mindset may suggest he won't be as
receptive. Senator McCain is quoted as saying "I am the biggest free
trader you will ever know."
There are 23 Senators on the committee in all, and each Senator
will receive a hard copy of each individual petition that is filled
out, so check back to the howtobuyamerican.com website soon to sign
the online petition. Please spread the word to all consumer patriots
and let's get this important legislation out of committee and onto
the Senate floor for a vote! It will be a huge victory for the Buy
American movement to get the Made in America Information Act signed