The bill for the proposed Affordable Footwear Act has been finally introduced for debate in the U.S. House of Representatives, after several years of lobbying by Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and other pressure group. If adopted, the legislation would suspend tariffs as high as 37.5 percent for at least three years on a variety of shoes, including low-priced children's footwear, outdoor shoes and some athletic footwear. It would eliminate about $800 million in annual duties, benefitting lower-income families. The proponents of the bill said the duties were outdated and were no longer protecting U.S. jobs.