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Rep. Kind Attends Presidential Bill Signing for his Legislation to Close Slave and Child Labor Loophole

February 23, 2016
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind attended the bill signing at the White House for his legislation, H.R. 1903, to close a loophole that allowed for the importation of goods produced from child, slave, or forced labor.

“I was honored to be present today as President Obama signed this important piece of legislation into law. It is the responsibility of the United States to lead the way in setting labor standards on the products we accept, including prohibiting the importation of products based on the exploitation of child labor, forced labor, or slave labor. Not only is this legislation the right and moral thing to do it will also help our workers to compete in the global market place,” Rep. Kind stated.

Rep. Kind introduced the legislation to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 for the past two years. The legislation closes an 85 year loophole that allowed the importation of goods produced using slave labor. This legislation was included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.