Text: H.Res.705 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)

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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
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[H. Res. 705 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
H. RES. 705

   Expressing support for the designation of a ``Buy American Week''.



                             June 26, 2012

    Mr. Bilbray (for himself, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Jones, Mr. Posey, Ms. 
  Jenkins, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Coble, Mr. Filner, Mr. Schilling, Mr. 
  McCotter, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, and Mr. Loebsack) 
submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee 
                         on Energy and Commerce



   Expressing support for the designation of a ``Buy American Week''.

Whereas the United States trade deficit represents an insolvent imbalance in the 
        exports and imports of our country;
Whereas the United States global trade deficit in goods was $726,700,000,000 in 
        2011, which represents nearly a $100,000,000,000 increase from 2010;
Whereas domestic manufacturing represented only 9 percent of the United States 
        labor force in 2010 compared to 13 percent in 2000;
Whereas the United States lost approximately 5,200,000 factory jobs between 2000 
        and 2010;
Whereas over half of the manufactured goods bought and sold in America are 
        imported from foreign countries;
Whereas this reduction in domestic manufacturing affects not only labor force 
        participation, but national security and economic independence;
Whereas domestic manufacturing is a critical component of job creation and 
        economic growth;
Whereas country labeling plays an important role in informing consumers of the 
        country of origin of a product;
Whereas the United States was founded on principles of economic freedom and 
Whereas recognizing the Fourth of July is an opportunity for Americans to 
        reflect and celebrate the founding of the United States; and
Whereas the first week in July, 2012, would be an appropriate period to 
        designate as ``Buy American Week'': Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives supports--
            (1) the designation of ``Buy American Week'' in support of 
        United States heritage; and
            (2) the encouragement of consumer investment in products 
        made in the United States.