On June 17, 2013, 234 American companies and associations, including USA-ITA, sent a letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House Ways & Means Committee leadership urging Congress to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) before it expires on July 31st. The letter was organized by the Coalition for the GSP. According to the letter, the GSP program fuels “development in poorer countries” and also “supports American manufacturing by reducing costs of imported inputs, machinery, and equipment, and helps American families make ends meet by lowering the costs of consumer goods imported duty free under GSP.”