KETTERING, OH – Ahead of the July 4th holiday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined local veterans in Kettering today as he reintroduces bipartisan legislation, the All-American Flag Act, which requires the federal government to only buy flags that are American-made.
- The federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from only 50 percent American-made materials.
- Brown’s legislation, cosponsored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would require the government to buy flags that are produced entirely with American-made materials and are manufactured in the U.S.
“American tax dollars should go to American-made products that support American jobs, especially when the product is a symbol of our nation,” said Brown. “We need to produce the symbol of our country in a way that supports American jobs and American manufacturers.”
Brown, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, was joined by Keith Eastman, Commander of American Legion Post 598 in Kettering, and area veterans to talk about the importance of American-made American flags.
“We’re glad to discuss a topic that many feel strongly about, the American flag. Vets have fought for it and many have perished for it. Senator Brown has sponsored a bill that had passed the House and is now going through the Senate that addresses the made in America belief. Many veterans and civilians alike feel a sense of pride when they view her colors,” said Commander Eastmann.
Brown’s All-American Flag Act passed the Senate in 2011 and 2014, but stalled both years in the House of Representatives. The bill has passed the House this Congress and Brown will urge his Senate colleagues to pass the bill soon so it can be signed into law.
Brown is a strong proponent of Buy American, and introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) last week to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects. While Buy America rules apply to some federal infrastructure programs, many taxpayer funded projects still lack rules requiring the use of American-made products. Brown’s legislation would ensure Buy America rules apply to all federally-assisted infrastructure projects.