NDAA Headed to White House for President's Signature
August 3, 2018

This week, the U.S. Senate passed the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The U.S. House passed the conference report at the end of July. The bill will now head to the president, who is expected to sign it into law.

Throughout consideration of this year's NDAA, the National Council of Textile Organizations (including the American Sheep Industry Association) identified and fought provisions that would have weakened the Berry Amendment. Possible provisions included a proposal that would have excluded commercial items from Berry coverage, and an amendment that would have weakened Berry's domestic content requirements. These problematic sections were not included in the final bill as Congress ultimately decided to protect the integrity of the Berry Amendment.

"ASI will always work with the textile industry on this issue," said ASI President Mike Corn of New Mexico. "The United States military is the single largest domestic buyer of American wool, thanks in part to the Berry Amendment."

The flame-resistant qualities of American wool have proved beneficial in this area in recent years. In fact, ASI has worked with the military and manufacturers to develop high-tech uniforms to protect American military members serving in combat situations.