The bill, called the American Parks, American Products Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Long Island Congressman Steve Israel.
“This is commonsense legislation to stamp products sold at America’s National Parks with the words ‘Made in America,’” Ms. Gillibrand said. “The pride of our National Parks goes hand in hand with the pride of American-made products and our strong manufacturing tradition. The American Parks, American Products Act has the potential to support manufacturing jobs, and showcase American craftsmanship.”
Ms. Gillibrand is currently facing three challengers who are vying for the GOP nomination to face her in November, and all three of them are trying to tie the junior senator to New York’s still sputtering economic recovery. Tonight in fact, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is giving a speech at the NYC Hermes International Expo tonight which his campaign bills as a “a major speech on what fundamental changes are needed in the U.S. trade policy and how to stem the flow of American jobs overseas while maintaining Free Trade.”
In a release, Ms. Gillibrand’s office points out that there are nearly 400 National Parks throughout the United States that are visited by 800,000 people ever day. She adds that in New York State, the 22 national parks generated nearly $500 million for local economies in 2010.