Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democrats at a press conference to unveil the newest bills added to Democrats' "Make It In America" plan. Included in the "Make It In America" plan is the bipartisan Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act of 2011 (H.R. 3057)--legislation sponsored by Congresswoman Sánchez.
The ENFORCE Act will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforce trade rules and prevent illegal imports. Congresswoman Sánchez' remarks are below.
""Make it in America' is about creating good paying jobs in this country. Getting people back to work should be the number one priority of this Congress. The past 28 months have shown us that we should be doing all we can to support the manufacturing sector: half-a-million new jobs says it all. For our manufacturing sector to stay competitive globally, we have to make sure that America's producers have a level playing field. The ENFORCE Act is critical to improving our ability to enforce trade laws. I'm proud it's included in the "Make It In America' agenda.
"This bipartisan bill is about protecting American businesses and the workers that keep those businesses thriving. The ENFORCE Act strengthens the ability of Customs and Border Protection to prevent foreign manufacturers from evading paying the duties they owe our country. Right now, too many foreign producers ignore our trade laws.
"This unfair advantage hurts too many American businesses, forcing them to shut down. These aren't hypothetical problems, either. Michel's Furniture in Lynwood, California--right in my own district--had to shut their doors because foreign manufacturers wouldn't pay the duties they owe our country. Michel's just couldn't compete with foreign products that had this illegal price advantage.
"American businesses and workers can compete and win against products from anywhere in the world--if we have a level playing field. The ENFORCE Act will level the playing field and will help American manufacturers "Make it in America.'"