"Two major, domestic athletic footwear brands -- New Balance and Wolverine World Wide -- are already prepared to produce 100% Berry compliant athletic shoes for the U.S. military. And at least one of those companies can do so at a lower price than the value of the cash allowances DOD gives soldiers now."
Here is the text of the amendment --
AMENDMENT NO. 93 OFFERED BY MS. TSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS
At the end of title VIII, insert the following new section:
SEC. 833. COMPLIANCE WITH DOMESTIC SOURCE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOTWEAR FURNISHED TO ENLISTED MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES UPON THEIR INITIAL ENTRY INTO THE ARMED FORCES.
(a) Requirement.--Section 418 of title 37, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
``(d)(1) In the case of athletic footwear needed by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps upon their initial entry into the armed forces, the Secretary of Defense shall furnish such footwear directly to the members instead of providing a cash allowance to the members for the purchase of such footwear.
``(2) In procuring athletic footwear to comply with paragraph (1), the Secretary of Defense shall comply with the requirements of section 2533a of title 10, without regard to the applicability of any simplified acquisition threshold under chapter 137 of title 10 (or any other provision of law).--
``(3) This subsection does not prohibit the provision of a cash allowance to a member described in paragraph (1) for the purchase of athletic footwear if such footwear--
``(A) is medically required to meet unique physiological needs of the member; and
``(B) cannot be met with athletic footwear that complies with the requirements of this subsection.''.
(b) Certification.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall not take effect until the Secretary of Defense certifies that there are at least two sources that can provide athletic footwear to the Department of Defense that is 100 percent compliant with section 2533a of title 10, United States Code.