|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Thursday, September 24, 1998
Washington, D.C. – The House Commerce Committee today approved legislation introduced by U. S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) to establish a toll-free phone number consumers can call to get information on products made in America. "This bill is a common sense measure to provide consumers with the information they need to make an informed and patriotic decision when making a major purchase," said Traficant. "Best of all, it won't cost the taxpayers a dime."
Earlier today the Commerce Committee unanimously approved Traficant's bill which directs the Commerce Department to contract out the 1-800 program to a private company. The program would be self-funding through the imposition of a modest registration fee on participating companies. Under the bill, only American-made products with a sale price of $250 or more would be eligible for participation in the program. The legislation uses the same definition of Made in America as the Federal Trade Commission does for product labeling purposes. Traficant was able to get similar legislation approved in the House during the 103rd and 104th Congresses, but on each occasion the Senate did not act on the bill.
Traficant is hopeful that his bill will be voted on by the House next week. Given the fact that Congress is scheduled to adjourn for the year on October 9th, it is uncertain as to whether or not enough time remains to get the bill approved in the Senate.2009