Reps. Price, D-N.C., and Coble, R-N.C., introduced the American Textile Technology Innovation and Research for Exportation (ATTIRE) Act designed to boost high-tech textile manufacturing and job creation.

The ATTIRE Act creates a new $5 million competitive grant program at the Dept. of Commerce. University-based and non-profit research institutions seeking to conduct high-tech textile research and development projects can compete for grant funds. There is currently no single federal program that supports innovation in the US textile and fiber products industry, which is a major employer and job creator despite the contraction it has suffered in recent years.

“The textile industry contributes $60 billion to our national economy every year, and it employs over 500,000 workers across the country, including many right here in North Carolina,” Rep. Price said. “The ATTIRE Act will help keep these jobs here, ensuring this critical domestic industry out-innovates its international competitors by funding research into the next generation of textile and fiber technologies.”

Rep. Coble said, “I am pleased to join with Congressman Price in cosponsoring the ATTIRE Act.”

Rep. Price also introduced the ATTIRE Act near the close of the 111th Congress. However, this introduction marks the first time the bill has been introduced with bipartisan support.