ARLINTON, Va. — July 18, 2013 — The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today
welcomed the introduction of the U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013
(H.R. 2708), legislation that would reinstate recently expired tariff suspensions on inputs used by
U.S. apparel and footwear manufacturers or products no longer made in the United States. Often
known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), H.R. 2708 was introduced yesterday by House Ways and
Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI).
“The U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013 not only helps U.S.
apparel and footwear manufacturers, it also benefits more than four million U.S. apparel and
footwear industry workers,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “This bill will provide
U.S. manufacturers with access to critical inputs to remain competitive in the global market while
also suspending or reducing duties on over a dozen types of footwear no longer made in the United
States. I look forward to working with Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin on this important
Posted July 23, 2013