U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in an appeal consistent with the Richland Community Development Group’s “Be Focal Buy Local” movement, is urging the U.S. government to stop purchasing products from foreign contractors.

With his proposed Wear American Act, Brown hopes to change the current law that requires federal agencies to purchase textile products that are 51 percent American-made and instead require all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States.

“It means all textile and apparel purchased with U.S. tax dollars go to U.S. businesses and communities, not foreign countries,” said Brown in a conference call on Thursday afternoon. “Fundamentally, if tax dollars are at stake, American business and American workers ought to benefit from it. It’s their dollars.”

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