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Letter to Mr. Lawrence F. Probst, Chairman, United States Olympic Committee

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Location: Johnstown, PA

Today, Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) joined with other Members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Chairman Lawrence Probst expressing outrage that the official uniforms of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the London Olympics were manufactured in China.

"At a time when so many Americans are still searching for work, it is offensive that the USOC would not support our workers and their families by manufacturing the uniform here," wrote Congressman Critz and other lawmakers. "The mission of the USOC is to "preserve the Olympic ideals and inspire all Americans.' These ideals were violated when the manufacture of the Team USA uniform was outsourced."

In the letter, the lawmakers decry the decision to purchase Chinese-made uniforms and insist that the USOC should immediately adopt a policy to ensure that future uniforms are manufactured in America.

"I'm proud of our nation's Olympic athletes," said Congressman Critz. "They are hard-working, dedicated individuals who deserve to wear a uniform made by the hard-working, dedicated Americans in our nation's textile and apparel industry. The decision to outsource the manufacturing of these uniforms to China is both outrageous and insulting."

A copy of the letter that Congressman Critz and other lawmakers wrote to Chairman Probst is below:

July 13, 2012

Mr. Lawrence F. Probst

Chairman

United States Olympic Committee
27 South Tejon

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Dear Chairman Probst:

We were outraged to learn that the official uniforms of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team for the London Olympics designed by the Ralph Lauren Corporation were manufactured in China. At a time when so many Americans are still searching for work, it is offensive that the USOC would not support our workers and their families by manufacturing the uniform here. The mission of the USOC is to "preserve the Olympic ideals and inspire all Americans." These ideals were violated when the manufacture of the Team USA uniform was outsourced.

Team USA should wear uniforms that evoke more than just an image, but actual labor from workers and raw materials from America. The Ralph Lauren Corporation claims that the uniforms embody the "spirit" of our country. This is not enough. American manufacturing is critical to the soul of the country. The U.S. textile and apparel industry provides the backbone to many cities and towns. These American companies are capable of making these uniforms at competitive prices. Hard working Americans should have the privilege of manufacturing uniforms for Team USA.

The USOC should immediately adopt a policy to ensure that future uniforms are manufactured in America. The 530 members of Team USA deserve to wear a uniform that bears the Made in America label. We look forward to your response on this matter.

Sincerely,

Members of Congress


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