WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), along with a bipartisan group of 37 members, sent a letter today to Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal, of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging for the committee to reauthorize the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program ahead of its expiration.
The reauthorization of GSP has repeatedly received bipartisan, bicameral support. GSP is crucial for small businesses and American manufacturers because it allows U.S. producers to compete with major manufacturers by having access to cheaper supplies and parts. Protections designed in the law prevent harm to American manufacturing and workers.
Congressman Norman and Congressman Himes have released the following statements:
Congressman Ralph Norman: “It is my sincerest hope that Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal make the reauthorization of GSP a priority. As a member of the House Small Business Committee and a small businessman myself, I understand just how important GSP is for a level playing field for companies to compete and the creation of jobs here at home.”
Congressman Jim Himes: “Extending GSP before it expires at the end of the year is very important for our workers and companies. The program smooths the path so that Americans, who can outcompete anyone on a level playing field, have access to the materials they need to win in an increasingly crowded global marketplace. I sincerely hope that Chairman Brady will make GSP renewal a priority before the end of the year.”