The Senators’ bill requires federal government to buy flags made in the USA
In 2017, the U.S. imported 10 million American flags. Of those, all but 50,000 came from China.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the All-American Flag Act. The bipartisan legislation would require the federal government to only buy flags completely produced and manufactured in the United States.
“The American flag serves as a symbol of our identity, resolve, and values as one people. To honor its significance, the federal government should only use flags entirely manufactured in the United States,” said Senator Collins. “This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the symbol of our nation is preserved while supporting American jobs and manufacturers.”
“American flags should be made in America, period,” said Senator Brown. “Today, half of the materials that our women and men in uniform fight under can be made in China. We have to change that. We shouldn’t use taxpayer dollars to purchase American flags made overseas when American companies – and companies right here in Ohio - proudly produce the American flag. My bipartisan All-American Flag Act would ensure that the government buys flags that are entirely produced and manufactured in America, by American workers.”
Currently, the federal government must buy flags that contain only 50 percent American-made materials. The Senators’ legislation would require the government to buy flags that are produced entirely with American-made materials and manufactured completely in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Data, in 2015 the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags was $4.4 million. Of that amount, $4 million of imported flags came from China. In 2017, the U.S. imported 10 million American flags. Of those, all but 50,000 came from China.
The full bill text can be read here.