PPE Coalition Requests Inclusion of U.S. PPE Procurement in Innovation and Competition Act


SPESA, along with a coalition of U.S. manufacturing industry leaders, sent a letter to Senate Leadership May 26, 2021, requesting the Homeland Procurement Reform (HOPR) Act be included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). The text of the letter is below.

The HOPR Act passed the U.S. House or Representatives in 2020, and was reintroduced in the House (H.R. 2915) and Senate (S. 1009) again this year as a bipartisan effort to require the front-line agencies of the Department of Homeland Security to procure American-made uniforms, footwear, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for its employees. The coalition believes the HOPR Act would provide critical support for the U.S. industrial base and manufacturing jobs across the United States, including those that produce domestic PPE.

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The USICA is a broad package of legislation meant to improve U.S. competitiveness. So far, it includes bills reported out of the committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and the Judiciary. Notable bills in the package include versions of the