22 Senators Sacrifice Made in the USA Shoes on the Altar of Corporate Profit

“The duties currently imposed by the United States were set in an era during which high rates of duty were intended to protect production of footwear in the United States…. Footwear duties, which are higher on lower price footwear, serve no purpose…”

Text of S. 730, the “Affordable Footwear Act”

S.730 baldly declares that efforts to protect shoes made in the USA from their competition made in noxious, polluting, worker-exploited sweatshops halfway around the world serve no purpose. Jobs in the USA serve no purpose? Products bought locally serve no purpose? Environmental protections serve no purpose? Buffers against sweatshop labor serve no purpose?

22 Senators signed onto that statement in the 111th Congress when they signed their names to the S. 730 bill as cosponsors. They are:

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) — principal sponsor
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)

Apparently, 11 Democrats, 10 Republicans and 1 member of the Joe Lieberman Party think that American jobs, buying local, protecting the environment and not exploiting workers “serve no purpose.”

What do you think?

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on “22 Senators Sacrifice Made in the USA Shoes on the Altar of Corporate Profit
2 Comments on “22 Senators Sacrifice Made in the USA Shoes on the Altar of Corporate Profit
  1. I’ve read people seriously claim that there is no domestic shoe production industry, and that’s what the “serve no purpose” phrase is all about. However, there are shoes made in the USA. Without dirt cheap shoes made in China and other sweatshop nations, American shoe makers could employ a lot more people.

    Look at the long list of American made shoes here: http://www.americansworking.com/shoes.html

  2. Yep. There are athletic shoes and dress shoes and moccasins and slippers and work boots and cowboy boots and hiking boots and combat boots — just about every kind of shoe — made in the USA. I’ve got a pair in the mail to me right now.

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