The US Military bans American flags made in China, and other foreign countries
The stars and stripes are a powerful symbol to people all over the United States, but soldiers in particular. They carry them into battle, fly them over foreign bases, and proudly present them during processions. But up until recently, a lot of those US flags were made in China.
The irony of the situation especially caught Mike Thompson’s eye and motivated him to write a piece of legislation that requires the Department of Defense to buy only American flags made 100% in the USA. The flag bill was recently passed earlier this year.
A similar bill requiring all government-purchased flags be made in America has been proposed in the past, but repeatedly failed. So why does the US Military buy foreign-made US flags? American flags made in China are significantly cheaper. Switching comes with a pretty hefty price tag.
The new requirements for the Department of Defense bill apply to the existing piece of legislation, the Berry Amendment, which was passed in 1941. This amendment bans the Department of Defense from buying food, clothing, uniforms, fabric, and tools that aren’t made or grown in the USA. However, the amendment says nothing about American flags.
Thompson said, “I am proud to have worked to pass this law so that our men and women in uniform never have to fight under a US flag made overseas, and so that our Department of Defense never again spends American tax dollars on a US flag made overseas.”
Source: CBS News