On the eve of the Independence Day holiday, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) -- the authors of the All-American Flag Act, which would require the federal government to purchase 100 percent made-in-America flags -- urged the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to move the bill forward to it can be brought to the House floor for a vote.
Braley said, "It's just common sense: Americans' tax dollars should be used to purchase flags made in the USA. The Senate has agreed in a bipartisan vote. Now, it's time for the House to act. I urge the Oversight Committee to protect America's greatest symbol and support manufacturers right here in the United States by immediately considering this bill."
Brown said, "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. Many American companies, including Annin and Company in Coshocton, proudly produce the American flag right here in the United States. With strong bipartisan support in the Senate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should move to discharge the All-American Flag Act and send it to the House floor for a vote. We should do all we can to support American manufacturing and job creation, especially when it comes to our most treasured of patriotic symbols--the American flag."
The All-American Flag Act unanimously passed the US Senate in July 2011, but the House has failed to schedule a vote for its companion bill, H.R. 1344, which was introduced by Rep. Braley. The bill must be approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in order to be voted on by the full House. Two years ago, the Braley-authored All-American Flag Act passed the House unanimously.