House & Senate Strengthen Berry Amendment
January 2, 2006,
Washington —Congress has approved a requirement strengthening the Berry Amendment, a law that requires the Department of Defense to purchase only domestic-made clothing, textiles and individual equipment. It also requires the Department of Defense to notify Congress within seven days if contracts are awarded to non-U.S. suppliers.
“This amendment strengthens our supply system and ensures that our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have the best equipment available,” said Dan Pezold of Duro Industries, chairman of the National Textile Association's Government Textiles Committee.
NTA President Karl Spilhaus added, “This new requirement will enable us to follow closely those contracts that have been awarded outside the strict provisions of the Berry Amendment, which has been in place for more than half a century.”