Affordable Footwear Act Reintroduced in House

Reps. Joseph Crowley (D., N.Y.) and Kevin Brady (R., Texas) reintroduced legislation in the House of Representatives on Wednesday that would eliminate duties on certain types of lower-priced and children’s footwear.

A coalition of footwear companies and groups has been pressing lawmakers to pass the legislation, but it has stalled in Congress to date.

The duty-dropping legislation would eliminate some $800 million in tariffs, or about 40 percent of the total duties the U.S. collects, on footwear imports annually.

Footwear companies argue that the tariffs are a “regressive tax” and that the bill would act as a “tax cut” for consumers. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year, but did not advance. Time is running out for action on the bill this year as Congress rushes to finish legislative business before Christmas.

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