Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) today released a copy of a letter he is sending along with House colleagues to the US Olympic Committee urging the group to adopt a "Buy American" policy in light of the Committee's decision to buy uniforms made in China. In the letter, Murphy states that "the decision to outsource the making of uniforms to China is an affront to those hard-working Americans who would otherwise be gainfully employed." As chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, Rep. Murphy has worked to ensure federal projects use steel made in America and expose abuse in the stimulus bill where taxpayer dollars created jobs overseas instead of in the US.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Mr. Lawrence F. Probst
United States Olympic Committee
27 South Tejon
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Dear Chairman Probst:
"If ever there is an occasion to boast of American exceptionalism, it is during an international event like the Olympics. With the world watching, the Olympics are a time for Americans to be proud of their countrymen who display our nation's finest characteristics: determination, optimism, and hard work. Thus, what a disappointment it will be that our athletes will not be wearing uniforms "Made in the USA' at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
"The Olympic Committee's decision to use uniforms made in China, which has notoriously violated international trade agreements to the detriment of American manufacturing, is especially galling when 23 million Americans are out of work or looking for more work. The US manufacturing sector has lost five million manufacturing jobs -- nearly 40 percent of those to China -- since 2000. The textile sector alone has seen employment fall by 60 percent in the last decade. And yet, manufacturing is still one of the driving forces behind the world's largest economy. We boast some of the most advanced textile factories employing smart and talented workers. The decision to outsource the making of uniforms to China is an affront to those hard-working Americans who would otherwise be gainfully employed.
"The US Olympic Committee has not only lost the chance to put Americans back to work during troubled economic times, but it has also missed the opportunity to showcase the quality and craftsmanship that can only be found with products that are made in America. We urge the US Olympic Committee to display greater concern for America's domestic workers by adopting new guidelines to ensure in the future in the future, all Olympic uniforms and equipment are manufactured in the United States."
Member of Congress