Protectionist legislation for national park stores can now be considered in both houses of Congress when it returns from its summer recess. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the American Parks American Products Act (S. 1384), which would require that all items sold in gift shops and visitor centers operated by the National Park Service and National Archives & Records Administration be manufactured in the United States.
Read the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.1384:.
Similar legislation was introduced in the House in June and also in the last Congress. See stories linked to below for background. The House bill is currently pending before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. But only two representatives have sponsored it, chief sponsor Steve Israel (D-NY) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).
Four senators cosponsored the act: Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT). It was referred to the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.