Senators Calling for U.S. Olympic Uniforms To Be ‘Made in America’

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register

A bill requiring U.S. Olympic team uniforms to be made in America will get quick action before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Tuesday.

Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, were among 12 senators - 11 Democrats and one Independent - introducing, the "Team U.S.A. Made in America Act." The measure has been assigned to the Senate Commerce Committee.

The legislation requires the U.S. Olympic Committee to adopt a policy requiring ceremonial uniforms for athletes purchased or otherwise obtained by the committee to be produced in America. It would amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to require the uniforms to be sewn or assembled in America "with fabrics formed and cut in the United States, or components knit to shape from yarns wholly formed in the United States," the legislation states. If the USOC couldn't meet these requirements, they would have to provide a detailed justification for sourcing from overseas.

Recently it was revealed uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team during opening Olympic ceremonies in London were ordered from the Ralph Lauren company and made in China.

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