TOLEDO, OH – Ahead of the July 4th holiday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a northwest Ohio veteran in Toledo 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 David Blackshear, a Vietnam-era veteran, to talk about the importance of American-made American flags.
“When I think of the flag, I think of all the soldiers who fought for the freedom of our country. Every time I see our flag standing tall I think of all the people who succeeded in making this country a better place,” said Mr. Blackshear.
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 has introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 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.