Fitzpatrick Connects with Local Textile Manufacturers

Jul 16, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues, Economy and Jobs
Rep. Fitzpatrick (L) talks to employees at Eddington Thread Company in Bensalem during his tour of Local Bucks Textile Manufacturers
Fitzpatrick Connects with Local Textile Manufacturers

LANGHORNE, PA – Building upon business visits last week in Montgomery County, Congressman Fitzpatrick (PA-8) continued meeting with local businesses Tuesday morning by visiting textile manufacturers in Lower Bucks County. Fitzpatrick’s visits come days after his announcement of the Made in America Act which would connect U.S. manufacturers to consumers through a regulated ‘made in America’ standard.

“American manufactures- particularly textile manufacturers- play an important part in the development of our nation’s economy,” said Fitzpatrick. “As an elected official representing these local textile businesses it’s my duty to fight for their best interest in the nation’s capital.”

Fitzpatrick visited Comfort Products, Inc. located in Croydon, Langhorne Carpet Company, Inc. in Penndel, and the Eddington Thread Company in Bensalem as part of his tour. All three businesses have been in operation in Bucks County for at least 60 years and have avoided outsourcing jobs by investing in their plants and their employees and have gone on to expand their production and increase hiring.

“It’s important to protect local jobs by ensuring favorable trade agreements worldwide. That’s the goal of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Fitzpatrick. “I have written to the US Trade Representative demanding that American manufacturers - including textile manufacturers - be treated fairly in the Trans-Pacific Partnership or any agreement entered into by the Administration.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international agreement meant to encourage two-way trade for countries participating in the partnership. However, recently the Vietnamese government has stalled talks over insistence that their products to be exported duty-free to the United States. A recent study showed that if that provision of the TPP were adopted it could cost more than 500,000 American textile jobs and put more than 1.5 million textile jobs at risk internationally.

“Manufacturing wants to return to America, and these businesses are leading the way by providing good paying jobs for hardworking Americans, providing a springboard to a thriving middle class,” added Fitzpatrick. “By creating a business-friendly environment; removing burdensome government regulations; and enacting common-sense, pro-growth bills – like my ‘Made in America Act’- we can not only keep American manufacturing, but also expand it.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.