NEW YORK — Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.) has issued a series of proposals to aid U.S. jewelry manufacturers in the face of growing foreign competition.
He announced his proposed program last week in Providence, in response to a report on “U.S. Jewelry Industry Competitiveness Issues” released by the Commerce Department. The study was requested by Reed.
“This report makes clear that jewelry manufacturers face increasing competition from overseas, and the federal government needs to respond,” he said in a statement.
Reed’s proposals include:
Enforce country-of-origin markings and other import regulations, through the Federal Trade Commission and Customs Service.
Create a bipartisan U.S. Senate jewelry task force for support of the industry and its legislative priorities.
Reintroduce legislation for permanent country-of-origin markings on imports.
Investigate and respond to any child labor in jewelry production abroad.
Work with Rhode Island’s jewelry industry, targeting underutilized federal programs.
Encourage trade negotiators to open foreign markets and end unfair trade practices in the industry.
Reed, who has been involved in issues concerning his state’s jewelry industry, introduced similar country-of-origin legislation when he was in the House of Representatives last year.

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