Support H.R. 1811, the Homeland Production Security Act, and Protect the U.S. by Providing Job Growth
April 20, 2017
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of our bipartisan bill, H.R. 1811, the Homeland Production Security Act, also known as the HOPS Act. We hope you will support this bill to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to prohibit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the procurement of uniforms not manufactured in the United States.
Foreign factories producing official U.S. uniforms pose a major national security concern. Not only does it run the risk of unauthorized personnel obtaining our uniforms, but it also has the potential of jeopardizing the safety of every American citizen. There are many concerns that come with manufacturing our uniforms abroad. First being that U.S. uniforms have a great potential of being stolen or misplaced in foreign countries where proper oversight of factories and cargo proves to be more of a challenge. Additionally, a foreign country’s political military climate, as well as their terrorism concerns, could subject imported or exported goods to additional, more frequent or more lengthy inspections, leading to delays in deliveries or the impoundment of goods for extended periods. Any delay creates more opportunity for the misplacement or mishandling of our uniforms, which ultimately puts at risk the safe return of U.S. property to U.S. soil.
Since World War II, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been required to source uniforms and other supplies from U.S. manufacturers. It’s time for those that secure our borders to follow suit. In doing so, this will decrease the concern of national security infringement, and will increase employment and production for the manufacturing industry here in the U.S.
Please join us in supporting this bill to ensure the safety of every individual here on our homeland and cosponsor the Homeland Production and Security Act.