2275 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2275
To support innovation and research in the United
States textile and fiber products industry.IN THE HOUSE
June 22, 2011
PRICE of North Carolina (for himself and Mr. COBLE) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in
addition to the Committees on Ways and Means and Foreign Affairs, for a period
to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of
such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To support innovation and research in the United States
textile and fiber products industry.
Be it enacted
by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `American Textile Technology Innovation and Research
for Exportation (ATTIRE) Act'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) the United States textile industry
continues to thrive and evolve despite changing economic and labor conditions;
(2) the United States textile industry employs over 500,000 workers nationwide
and contributes nearly $60,000,000,000 to the gross domestic product annually;
(3) the United States textile industry is a primary supplier of domestic jobs
to women and minorities, with many of these jobs located in economically depressed
rural and urban areas;
(4) research and innovation are
essential to the United States textile industry's ability to maintain its competitive
advantage and expand its export on an international scale; and
(5) by working closely with the textile industry to improve existing technologies
and to identify new market opportunities, university-based textile research programs
and not-for-profit textile research centers play a critical role in promoting
innovation and growth in the textile industry and in the United States economy
as a whole.
SEC. 3. GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT TEXTILE RESEARCH
AND INNOVATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY AND INDUSTRY-BASED RESEARCH.
(a) Grants Authorized- The Secretary of Commerce shall establish a competitive
grant program (in this section referred to as the `grant program') to fund textile
research and innovation and to promote increased textile exports.
(b) Administration of Grant Program-
(1) ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS-
The eligible recipients of grants under the grant program shall be limited to
institutions of higher education and not-for-profit research institutions, including
not-for-profit industry associations whose core mission is to support textile
research and innovation.
(2) PREFERENCE- Preference in
awarding such grants shall be given to collaborative research organizations that
emphasize peer-reviewed research by leading academic and industry experts.
(3) APPLICATION PROCEDURE- Applications for such a grant shall be submitted at
such time and in such manner as determined by the Secretary of Commerce.
(4) REVIEW PROCEDURE- All such applications shall be subject to a rigorous and
competitive peer review procedure.
(c) Eligible Uses of Funds-
The funds authorized to be appropriated for the grant program shall be used for
research and development activities that achieve at least one of the following
(1) To build and sustain innovation, competitiveness,
and best practices in the United States textile industry.
(2) To contribute to transforming the United States textile and apparel industry
into a highly flexible supply chain, capable of responding to rapidly changing
market demands including shifts to technologically advanced textile production.
(3) To discover, design, and develop new materials, and innovative and improved
manufacturing and integrated systems, essential to the success of a modern United
States textile industry.
(4) To train personnel, establish
industrial partnerships, and create transfer mechanisms to ensure the utilization
of technologies developed.
(5) To strengthen the Nation's
textile research and educational efforts by uniting diverse experts and resources
in unique collaborative projects.
(6) To facilitate the
creation of domestic jobs in the textile industry.
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), no more
than 75 percent of total funding made available under the grant program in a fiscal
year may be disbursed to institutions of higher education.
(2) WAIVER AUTHORITY- If the Secretary of Commerce determines that the limitation
of paragraph (1) would result in the failure to disburse all appropriated funds
for a fiscal year, the Secretary may waive such limitation for such fiscal year.
4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) In General- There are
authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Commerce $5,000,000 for fiscal
year 2013 to carry out section 3. Amounts appropriated under this subsection shall
be available until expended.
(b) Offsetting Reduction of Authorization
of Appropriations- The amount authorized to be appropriated for operations and
administration of the International Trade Administration in the Department of
Commerce for fiscal year 2013 is reduced by $5,000,000.