Friday, July 06, 2012

Independence Day Flag: Choose Made-In-America

Ours is made in America.
Is yours?

The flag we hung out on Independence Day was made in America, unlike so many of them available now.
We got it at a thrift store, where many goods are passed on when people move out of their large houses into smaller ones, or assisted living facilities. We were happy to give this flag, which had obviously seen some use, a new and permanent home.
It just makes sense, when you're getting a flag to show support for our nation, to get one made in our country. We have the land to grow the cotton; we have the looms to weave the cloth; we have the workers to sew; why should we not support American jobs when getting an American flag?

And that made me think of this July 3 article from "The Hill":
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) on Tuesday called on the House to pass legislation requiring the government to only purchase American flags that are made in the United States.
"Under current law, the American flags that fly from federal buildings — on July 4th and every day of the year — may be up to fifty percent foreign-made," Brown said. "Many American companies, including Annin and Company in Coshocton [Ohio], proudly produce the American flag right here in the United States."
Their bill, the All-American Flag Act, passed the Senate last July, but the House never took up the measure. A similar bill was approved unanimously in the House by the prior Congress.

Brown and Braley said the House version, H.R. 1344, needs to be discharged by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in order for it to be considered on the House floor. They wrote to Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asking them to discharge the bill.

"American flags should be made in America using American products," they wrote. "Allowing the government to purchase flags with foreign-made materials is a disservice to our country.

"Now is the time to see that this legislation is signed into law," they added."
Why not contact your Congresscritter and tell them to get behind this bill?
And, when you get a flag, either buy it used so that it supports American jobs in the resale industry, or if it's new, insist on  Made In America.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

I may have to borrow "Congresscritter."