Commentary: American flags should be All-American

By Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
17th District

I’d like to tell you about an effort I led regarding one of our most beloved national symbols: the American Flag.

Last week, I introduced the All-American Flag Act. This common sense bill would require that all American flags purchased by the federal government be made in America.

It sounds obvious, but current law does not require this.

This bipartisan bill, which builds on my previous efforts to ensure we buy homemade American flags, will boost American manufacturing and create American jobs.

As I travel around Northwest and Central Illinois, I hear from veterans time and again that they are disappointed that too many American flags are actually made overseas, in countries like China.

Not only does it send a bad message when our national flag isn’t made here, but it’s a bad use of taxpayer dollars.

It is estimated that the U.S. imported $4 million dollars’ worth of flags last year—mostly from China. And according to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would not lead to any cost increases.

I’m committed to continuing to fight for American manufacturing, the American taxpayer, and the American Flag.

 

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