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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH)

Leadership from New Hampshire manufacturers joined Pappas at Lydall to discuss the importance of Made in America initiatives

ROCHESTER, NH – Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) convened a ‘Made in America’ discussion with leaders from New Hampshire-based manufacturing companies at Lydall Performance Materials in Rochester. Pappas was joined by leadership from Lydall, Velcro USA, and Granite State Manufacturing who toured the construction site of Lydall’s expanded facility and then held a conversation about domestic manufacturing and its importance to New Hampshire’s economy.

“Across New Hampshire, manufacturers have seen significant challenges and new opportunities as a result of the pandemic,” said Congressman Pappas. “Many companies are innovating and rising to meet this moment through the production of materials and equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19. As our economy rebounds, we must develop our workforce and make smart investments that will support American manufacturing. I look forward to continuing to support smart policies that will help New Hampshire’s economy grow and thrive.”

At the event, Pappas discussed the ‘Made in America’ initiatives that he has introduced or supported in Congress, including H.R. 7841, the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act, which requires the federal government to purchase medical supplies and personal protective equipment from the United States. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase specified medical supplies (including disinfecting wipes and natural fiber products) and personal protective equipment (including surgical masks, face shields, and foot coverings) from products that are 100% grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.

Pappas also co-sponsored H.R. 2083, the Homeland Procurement Reform Act (HOPR Act), which directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure that procurement of certain items, such as body armor and other protective gear, meets specified requirements, including that a fraction of procurement funds be used for items manufactured in part or provided by U.S. small businesses.

Additionally, as part of pandemic relief initiatives in the House, Pappas introduced and worked to pass an amendment that encouraged the Department of Commerce to support manufacturing companies whose supply chains have been disrupted by COVID-19 through the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) program.

In June, Congressman Pappas announced $400,000 awarded to ARMI in Manchester to create and develop a roadmap to bolster America’s domestic supply chain for vaccines and PPE. And in February, Pappas announced $51 million in federal funds awarded to ARMI to develop portable technology to engineer and produce medications and vaccines.

In December 2019, Pappas supported the bipartisan USMCA trade deal which supports local businesses and workers and safeguards American jobs.