The republican House representative for parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties introduced a bill to Congress last week that creates a labeling system manufacturers can voluntarily use to denote which of their products are produced in an American factory.
The legislation, called the Made in America Act of 2017 and co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), would establish a standardized labeling system and encourage consumers to buy products that were made in the United states, according to a news release on the bipartisan bill.
"The Made in America Act would connect American consumers to American manufacturers like never before by creating a definitive, standardized definition of American-made goods," Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
The bill tasks the Federal Trade Commission with creating guidelines and the design of the labels, as well as enforcing the program. Fitzpatrick and Sinema say the label program, which would mark the percentage of the product made in the United States, will encourage job growth at home.
"American manufacturing means American jobs. People in my community understand that when they buy American they’re not only buying quality products, they’re helping American businesses – and American workers – in their neighborhoods and across the country," Fitzpatrick's statement said.