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February 8, 2023 Press Release

FDRA President & CEO Matt Priest issued the following statement after the 2023 State of the Union:

In his 2023 State of the Union address, President Biden highlighted several issues that are important to the U.S. footwear industry: getting inflation under control, strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, and reducing ocean shipping costs. Absent from the speech, however, was any mention of the importance of international trade.

Presidents from both parties have long recognized the critical role international trade plays in providing new opportunities for U.S. businesses around the world and reducing costs for individuals and families here at home. If the President wants to achieve the vision he laid out in the State of the Union — “of rebuilding the backbone of America, America’s middle class” — he should start by providing meaningful footwear tariff relief for all American families. I urge President Biden to adopt a progressive and bold trade agenda that will strengthen U.S. footwear workers, consumers, and companies.

About FDRA: FDRA is the footwear industry’s voice in Washington. It represents and advocates for nearly 500 companies and brands worldwide, or 95% of total U.S. footwear sales, making it America’s largest and most respected footwear trade association.