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Shaheen Welcomes Bipartisan Support for Her Bill to Bolster Domestic Supply Chain for PPE Shaheen Press

May 19, 2020
https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/shaheen-welcomes-bipartisan-support-for-her-bill-to-bolster-domestic-supply-chain-for-ppe

**Shaheen’s legislation was introduced last year to make sure PPE is available during national emergencies**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) have joined her legislation – the Homeland Procurement Reform Act – which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) it procures from American companies. Shaheen introduced the legislation last year to ensure that the domestic supply chain for PPE is capable of supplying the critical items that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies need during a national emergency in which acquisition of these materials from abroad is interrupted. Shaheen’s legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Murphy (D-CT), Jones (D-AL) and Hassan (D-NH).

“The shortage in personal protective equipment during this pandemic underscores the urgent need to shore up our domestic supply chain in case of national emergencies,” said Senator Shaheen. “The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed severe inadequacies in our PPE supply chain which need to be addressed immediately. My legislation would create jobs in the United States and help our nation plan ahead for emergencies rather than trying to play catchup once disaster strikes. I appreciate the bipartisan support from Senators Rounds and Moran on this legislation, and hope together with Senators Murphy, Hassan and Jones, we can garner additional bipartisan backing to get this bill through Congress.”

“DHS agents rely heavily on their equipment to carry out their duties, and reliance on foreign-made products could place them in harm’s way or jeopardize the mission,” said Senator Moran. “This legislation would allow DHS access to the best, innovative personal protective gear and equipment that the American supply chain has to offer. Congress must continue to prioritize legislation that reduces our country’s reliance on foreign supply chains for critical national security components.”

“It’s totally unacceptable that frontline and essential workers have been forced to go without the PPE they need to stay safe. Let’s make sure that, going forward, our country can produce the PPE needed to confront a national emergency – and that it’s made right here at home. I’m glad our legislation finally has bipartisan support so we can put more pressure on the federal government to buy American and fulfill PPE needs during this current crisis. It’s a no-brainer that should create more jobs and put more Americans to work during these unprecedented times,” said Senator Murphy.

“This pandemic has been a wake-up call that we need to significantly ramp up investment in our domestic health care supply chain and reduce our dependence on foreign companies,” said Senator Jones. “Our legislation will help ensure that our men and women on the front lines have the supplies necessary to protect themselves and others. I’m glad this legislation is earning bipartisan support and I believe it is a critical step to better protect and prepare our nation for future crises.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever that the United States needs to be prepared to mass produce personal protective equipment here at home,” said Senator Hassan. “By requiring the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up domestic production of personal protective equipment, this bipartisan bill strengthens both our economy and public health – and helps to ensure that the U.S. is better prepared for future crises.”

Senator Shaheen’s legislation would increase the items that DHS is required to procure domestically by placing certain restrictions on DHS procurement. These restrictions would narrow the field that DHS is able to procure from and drive DHS procurement towards predominately U.S. companies that are able to meet the standards outlined in the bill. Bolstering the domestic supply chain would help ensure American made products are prioritized and would also help alleviate shortages that could come during times of national emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, when obtaining necessary materials like PPE from abroad are interrupted by a crisis.

Text of the legislation is available here.

Earlier today, Senator Shaheen announced that she’s called on the Trump administration to immediately take action to increase the long-term domestic supply chain for PPE in the United States. Shaheen’s letter comes as industry partners across the nation and in New Hampshire, including DEKA Research and Development Corporation (DEKA), are working to ramp up production of PPE, but face challenges that necessitate federal resources and direction to rectify.

Senator Shaheen has led efforts to secure urgently needed personal protective equipment for New Hampshire. Last month, Senators Shaheen and Hassan called on the administration to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ensure the VA has the supplies and equipment needed to protect veterans from COVID-19. With the state’s congressional delegation, the Senators have sent multipleletters to the Trump administration requesting rapid assistance to ensure New Hampshire health care providers have the supplies needed to address coronavirus cases the state is experiencing. In addition, Shaheen and Hassan sent a letter pressing the administration for information on the distribution of critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment. The Senators repeatedly called for the President to invoke the Defense Production Act and introduced legislation to expedite the procurement of medical equipment, under the DPA. As a result of these calls and those from others, the President relented. In April, Shaheen and Hassanannounced legislation with Senate Democrats that lays out a framework for an effective COVID-19 response by federalizing and adding critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for essential medical supplies and equipment.


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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Brian Mast Presented With 2020 WPRC Sentinel Award

Recognition of their Enduring Championship of American Manufacturing that Supports the Servicemember

WASHINGTON – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce that Senator Chris Murphy (CT) and Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) have been awarded the 2020 WPRC Sentinel Award for their legislative leadership on behalf of the domestic defense industrial base that supports U.S. servicemembers and homeland security personnel. The Sentinel Award is presented annually to members of Congress for their efforts to ensure high quality, American-made personal protective gear, uniforms, footwear and equipment are available to the Federal government at the best value to the taxpayer.

WPRC Chairman Frank Montie said, “Senator Murphy and Congressman Mast have been unwavering advocates on behalf of those who serve in the Armed Services and the Department of Homeland Security. Their leadership ensures that the domestic industrial base is recognized as a key component of our nation’s security and is properly supported. It remains critical that American servicemembers receive the best available, domestically produced equipment at the best value to the Federal government.”

The WPRC is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure that best-in-class, American-made equipment is provided to U.S. service members and the operational agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Procurement Reform Act was passed unanimously in the House and will be introduced in the Senate to help ensure that American tax dollars are spent on high-quality, American-made uniforms, footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE). The WPRC continues to lead legislative efforts to strengthen the domestic industrial base for Personal Protective Equipment manufacturers.

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world. Senator Chris Murphy represents the State of Connecticut. He serves on the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Help, Education, Labor and Pensions. Congressman Brian Mast represents the 18th District of Florida and serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Transportation and Infrastructure.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy accepted the 2020 Sentinel Award presented by WPRC
Executive Director David Costello, WPRC Chairman Frank Montie, and members of the
WPRC.
U.S. Representative Brian Mast accepted the 2020 Sentinel Award presented by WPRC
Executive Director David Costello, WPRC Chairman Frank Montie and members of the
WPRC.



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WARRIOR PROTECTION AND READINESS COALITION COMMENDS PASSAGE OF THE HOMELAND PROCUREMENT REFORM (HOPR) ACT BY U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Bill to Provide Domestically Manufactured Equipment to Department of Homeland Security 

Operational Personnel Unanimously Approved

MARBLEHEAD, MA (June 25, 2019) – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) today announced its robust support for the actions taken by the U.S. House of Representatives, who have unanimously approved H.R. 2083, the Homeland Procurement Reform (HOPR) Act.  This important bipartisan legislation is designed to ensure that the operational units within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Secret Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) purchase uniforms and equipment manufactured in the United States. 

This bill establishes specific criteria that increases the ability of DHS to obtain high-quality, American-made personal protective equipment (PPE) and organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE). The HOPR Act builds upon earlier procurement provisions such as the Berry Amendment and the Kissell Amendment. 

The Berry Amendment sustains an essential industrial base, as well as tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs. It ensures Department of Defense personnel receive high quality, advanced American-made equipment and clothing. No warfighter can be sustained in the field without advanced fabrics, armor, footwear, protective safety gear and many other critical tools. 

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 contained a provision known as the Kissell Amendment. As enacted, it attached a very narrow requirement for domestic clothing and textile procurement by DHS. The Kissell Amendment has not had its intended effect.  DHS continues to procure uniforms and equipment manufactured in foreign countries, including CBP uniforms which are currently produced in Mexico, in a low security environment.    

Introduced by Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA, 46th District) and co-sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS, 2nd District), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL, 18th District), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA, 2nd District), Rep Chris Pappas (D-NH,1st District),  the HOPR Act ensures that American tax dollars are not improperly spent on low quality items made overseas when American businesses produce the same items at a better value here in the United States. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate (S. 1055) by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and co-sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).  

Original Sponsor Rep. Lou Correa said, ““I want to thank my colleagues for their support in bringing this legislation to the House Floor. It is a necessary step to ensure our DHS frontline personnel have access to domestically sourced, high-quality uniforms and equipment while allowing domestic small businesses to better compete for Federal government contracts. This is a critical step in helping our men and women in the field get the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs. I am proud of this legislation and proud to say this bill protects our national security and helps small businesses.”

Rep. Brian Mast said, ““The men and women who serve on the border are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our nation’s security,” Rep. Mast said. “Providing Homeland Security with the highest quality, American-made uniforms and protective gear is critical for ensuring their safety and the success of the mission.”

WPRC Executive Director David Costello said, “We are pleased to support the bipartisan effort to extend domestic-focused procurement to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS officials responsible for our national security should be provided with American-made, quality gear and equipment.  The HOPR Act will not only provide high-quality, American made equipment for DHS personnel but also help create jobs and spur manufacturing within the United States. We look forward to working with Senator Shaheen and her colleagues to ensure that this critical legislation passes the Senate and becomes law.” 

A summary of The Homeland Procurement Reform Act can be found here.

About WPRC

WPRC is the unified voice of advocacy for the individual and unit level equipment needs of the warfighter and peacekeeper. The leading tactical equipment, apparel, materials, and technology companies of the WPRC are committed to ensuring that American service members and Homeland Security personnel are provided with superior products built by a robust industrial base, now and in the future. For a complete listing of WPRC member companies, please visit www.warriorprotection.net.


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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Lou Correa Presented With 2019 WPRC Sentinel Award

Recognition of their Enduring Championship of American Manufacturing that Supports the Servicemember 

WASHINGTON – The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) is pleased to announce that Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) and Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) have been awarded the 2019 WPRC Sentinel Award for their legislative leadership on behalf of the domestic defense industrial base that supports U.S. servicemembers and homeland security personnel.  The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes members of Congress for their efforts to provide high quality, American-made personal protective gear, uniforms, footwear and equipment to the Federal government at the best value to the taxpayer.

WPRC Chairman Frank Montie said, “Senator Graham and Congressman Correa have been unwavering advocates on behalf of those who serve in the Armed Services and the Department of Homeland Security. Their leadership in Congress continues to ensure that the domestic industrial base is recognized as a key component of our nation’s security and is properly supported.  It remains critical that American servicemembers receive the best available, domestically produced gear and equipment at the best value to the Federal government.” 

The WPRC is now leading efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure that best-in-class, American-made equipment is provided to the operational agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Procurement Reform Act is expected to be introduced in both the House and the Senate this spring to help ensure that American tax dollars are spent on high-quality, American-made uniforms, footwear and personal protective equipment. 

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world. Senator Lindsey Graham represents the State of South Carolina. He serves on the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Budget and Chairs the Committee on the Judiciary. Congressman Lou Correa is from the 46th District of California and serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on the Judiciary.   

 U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham accepted the 2019 Sentinel Award presented by WPRC Executive Director David Costello (right) and WPRC Chairman Frank Montie (far right).

U.S. Representative Lou Correa accepted the 2019 Sentinel Award presented by WPRC Executive Director David Costello, WPRC Chairman Frank Montie and members of the WPRC.


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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Presented With 2018 WPRC Sentinel Award

Award Highlights Continued Leadership on Behalf of American Servicemembers

WASHINGTON – Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) received the 2018 Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award for her unwavering advocacy on behalf of U.S. servicemembers, homeland security personnel, and the domestic defense industrial base. The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes Senator Shaheen for her work to provide high quality, American made gear and equipment to the Federal government at the best value to the taxpayer.

“It is more important than ever that those responsible with protecting our homeland receive the best available, American made equipment both in training and in operational environments,” said Senator Shaheen. “Our service members, peacekeepers, and operational personnel responsible for our national security should be provided with the necessary tools to complete their missions. In the Senate, I will continue to advocate for American job creators committed to innovation by supporting legislation to improve gear and equipment for both military and Homeland Security personnel. I thank the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition for this honor and look forward to working together to achieve these goals.”

WPRC Chairman Frank Montie said, “Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been an unwavering advocate on behalf of those responsible for the safety and security of the United States. Her leadership in the Senate has ensured that American servicemembers receive the best available, domestically produced gear and equipment at the best value to the Federal government.”

David Costello, Executive Director of the WPRC noted, “Senator Shaheen is now leading efforts in the Senate to ensure that best-in-class, American-made equipment is provided to the operational agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. Her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee has directly resulted in improved life-saving equipment for our servicemembers. The WPRC is honored to recognize this work with the 2018 Sentinel Award.”

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world. Senator Jeanne Shaheen represents the State of New Hampshire. She serves on the Armed Services Committee, Appropriations Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen accepted the 2018 Sentinel Award presented by WPRC Executive Director David Costello (left) and WPRC Chairman Frank Montie (right).


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U.S. Representative Scott Taylor (VA-02) Named 2018 WPRC Sentinel Award Recipient

Award Recognizes Commitment to American-Made Clothing and Equipment for U.S. Military and Homeland Security Operational Personnel

WASHINGTON — Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-02) received the 2018 Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award for his support of American service members and homeland security personnel responsible for the national security of the United States. The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes Rep. Taylor for his advocacy to provide DOD and DHS operational personnel with high quality, American made clothing and equipment, such as body armor, clothing, boots, and helmets. He is the primary sponsor of HR 1811, the Homeland Production Security Act (HOPS) and the soon to be introduced Homeland Procurement Reform (HOPR) Act.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Sentinel Award,” said Rep. Taylor. “The fact that our Customs and Border Protection uniforms are produced overseas and anywhere but in the United States is mind-boggling. This important legislation keeps us safer and puts Americans back to work.”

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Chairman Frank Montie said, “We are honored to present the 2018 Sentinel Award to Rep. Scott Taylor, a true rising star in Congress. At the beginning of his first term, Rep. Taylor introduced critical legislation to ensure that Department of Homeland Security personnel responsible for our national security receive high quality, American-made gear and equipment. He has demonstrated a commitment to our servicemembers at home and abroad through his work on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and his advocacy for American manufacturers. We are proud to honor Rep. Taylor’s work and leadership with the 2018 Sentinel Award.”

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services and Department of Homeland Security.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world. Congressman Scott Taylor represents the 2nd District of Virginia. He serves on the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA, 2nd District) (left) accepted the 2018 WPRC Sentinel Award from Chairman of the Board Frank Montie


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Wittman Receives Sentinel Award for Support of American Service Members

Award recognizes advocacy for American made military clothing and equipment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today received the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award for his support of American service members.The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes Rep. Wittman for his advocacy to provide servicemen and women with high quality, American made military clothing and equipment, such as body armor, combat clothing, boots, and helmets.

“Our troops deserve the very best equipment we can provide so they maintain readiness and go into combat with confidence,” Rep. Wittman said. “The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and its member companies are leading the effort to make sure our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have an advantage by providing them with superior gear. I am honored to receive this award and will continue my support for and advocacy on behalf of the troops that keep our country safe.”

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Chairman Luke Hillier said, “We are honored to present the inaugural Sentinel Award to Representative Rob Wittman. Throughout his career, Rep. Wittman has consistently advocated for the best available domestically manufactured gear and equipment for American armed service members. He has demonstrated steadfast leadership on the Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee and now as the Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee. We are pleased to recognize his lasting efforts to protect American service members with this year’s Sentinel Award.”

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world. Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.


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Senator Jack Reed awarded the WPRC Sentinel Award


Senator Jack Reed, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee was awarded the WPRC Sentinel Award by the Chairman of the WPRC Luke Hillier, Executive Director Luke Hillier and WPRC Board member Frank Montie


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Wittman Receives Sentinel Award for Support of American Service Members

Award recognizes advocacy for American made military clothing and equipment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today received the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award for his support of American service members.

The Sentinel Award specifically recognizes Rep. Wittman for his advocacy to provide servicemen and women with high quality, American made military clothing and equipment, such as body armor, combat clothing, boots, and helmets.

“Our troops deserve the very best equipment we can provide so they maintain readiness and go into combat with confidence,” Rep. Wittman said. “The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and its member companies are leading the effort to make sure our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have an advantage by providing them with superior gear. I am honored to receive this award and will continue my support for and advocacy on behalf of the troops that keep our country safe.”

Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition Chairman Luke Hillier said, “We are honored to present the inaugural Sentinel Award to Representative Rob Wittman. Throughout his career, Rep. Wittman has consistently advocated for the best available domestically manufactured gear and equipment for American armed service members. He has demonstrated steadfast leadership on the Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee and now as the Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee. We are pleased to recognize his lasting efforts to protect American service members with this year’s Sentinel Award.”

About the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition and the Sentinel Award:

The Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) Sentinel Award is the association’s highest honor, presented annually to policymakers who have demonstrated extraordinary support for the American industry that manufactures advanced combat clothing and equipment for the Armed Services.

WPRC member companies strive every day to provide innovative, advanced solutions to ensure that our armed forces are prepared for any encounter, anywhere in the world.

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.