You might be surprised if you looked at a tag on an American flag bought by the military. It could easily read “Made in China.”
While the flags were made correctly with 13 stripes and 50 stars, representing the original 13 American colonies and the 50 U.S. states, there was no law that said flags bought by the Pentagon had to be made in the United States.
That is until this past Friday.
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson added a provision into the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last month that added the American flag to the list of items covered under the Berry Amendment, which requires that certain items that the military buys to be produced in America.
It went into effect last week.
“I am proud to have worked to pass this law so that our men and women in uniform never have to fight under a U.S. flag made overseas, and so that our Defense Department never again spends American tax dollars on a U.S. flag made overseas,” the California Democrat said.
The Berry Amendment, passed in 1941, restricts military funds from being used to buy certain items that are not grown or produced in the United States, including food, clothing, military uniforms, fabrics and certain tools.
Republicans led the charge on outsourcing, so I am sure they will not be happy for not reading the fine print in the bill that passed the house and senate.
Hats off, Obama, way to go. Not just flags–every thing make "MADE IN USA". Bring manufacture, call-center jobs too.
it is absolutely outrageous that the flags draping the coffins of our fallen warriors and heroes would have made in any other country. it is about time this stupidity has been corrected.
All American Flags should be made in the USA, It is a slap in the face of the American Citizen for our Flag to be made anywhere but here ........
the repubs will be shouting that Obama is trying to kill free markets for stopping companies to outsource their product to sweat shops in china. they will be using fox news and its ilk to jin up opposition. hey when s fox news going to hire a dem host, scarbarow is at msnbc every weekday morning for 3 hours and he's a republicans. why is fox news such cowards. its just half a hour cowards.
I think this is law everybody can agree on. Good job Rep. Thompson.
The government still buys them from off shore.........which simply demonstrates how our own government disrespects our country.
Good job Congressman Thompson! Now please also try and work on more pressing issues, like job creation!
".....including food, clothing, military uniforms, fabrics and certain tools."
Food? Does that include places like West Point? I've been served Chilean Sea Bass in the Thayer Hotel's banquet hall before.
Should have been a no brainier from the beginning.
What a no brainer. Of coarse they should by EVERYTHING from USA suppliers!!!!!!
A no-brainer. Our national symbol should be made by Americans in American-owned plants, and our government (of all of the consumers of American flags) should be patronizing American made products.