Legislation that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to buy its clothing and individual equipment from US companies using domestic components has been reintroduced in Congress.

The bill, which is backed by Congressman Robin Hayes' (R-NC), would extend to the DHS the same clothing and textile requirements of the Berry Amendment, which currently apply to the Department of Defense (DOD).

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and CEO Kevin M Burke said the bill would "strike the proper balance between strengthening US national security while also maintaining our international trade obligations and thus averting potential trade sanctions."
 
AAFA represents over one hundred manufacturers and suppliers of clothing, footwear and individual equipment to the US military. 

The trade group's Government Contracts Committee chairman Michael Mansh, president of Pennsylvania Apparel, added that the legislation "will provide additional opportunities for US domestic manufacturers of apparel and footwear, and their suppliers, to provide the DHS with uniforms."