NCTO Applauds Berry Amendment Safeguards

The National Council of Textile Organizations commends the U.S. Senate for passing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, which strengthens the Berry Amendment and safeguards our national security by setting compliance requirements to all Department of Defense acquisitions at or above $150,000.

The Senate bill rolls back the threshold for Berry compliance requirements to 2017 levels and adjusts future increases for inflation, which the American textile industry supports. The Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA bill raised the Simplified Acquisition Threshold to $250,000. The higher threshold put more than $50 million worth of Berry contracts annually at risk of being outsourced to China and other foreign countries.

"We are really pleased the Senate passed the NDAA, which strengthens the Berry Amendment, a provision that is critical to the U.S. textile industry," said NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas. "Berry provides the U.S. military with high-quality textile and apparel products that are produced with 100 percent U.S. materials and labor. It also helps keep the industrial base strong and provides the best R&D, materials and equipment for our warfighters. We also urge the House to follow the Senate's lead and take similar action to strengthen our national industrial base."

Ashley Bullock, Government Contract Sales Manager, Raeford Uniforms - a division of Burlington Industries, said, "Passage of the NDAA along with the continued support of the Berry Amendment are critical for Burlington and our ongoing support to the U.S. military and our men and women in uniform. As a proud part of the military's clothing and textile supply chain, Burlington Industries, an Elevate Textiles Company, relies on the Berry Amendment to maintain our current operations in North and South Carolina and our ability to make continual investment to ensure the U.S. warfighter has the most innovative, highest-quality and technologically advanced clothing and equipment possible. Correcting the Berry Amendment's threshold level is a major and positive step in protecting this important law from being watered down. "

The American Sheep Industry Association is a member of NCTO, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

Source: NCTO