WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) legislation that would ensure that flags purchased by the Federal government are entirely made in America unanimously passed the U.S. Senate this evening.
“With so many Ohio companies proudly producing the American flag, it’s outrageous to think that we’d import materials for our most treasured of patriotic symbols,” Brown said. “This is a small but significant victory for Ohio manufacturers and our nation’s taxpayers since this law will ensure that taxpayer funds will not be used to purchase foreign-made flags. With our widening trade deficit, we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing and job creation.”
The Federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from 50 percent American-made materials; the All-American Flag Act will require the government to buy flags that are entirely produced with American-made materials. Companion legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.
The manufacturing and distribution facility for the nation’s oldest and largest producer of American flags is located in Coshocton. Annin and Company, founded in 1847, currently employs 500 workers nationwide.
Recently described as Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing, Brown has introduced a package of key legislative proposals aimed at bolstering the competiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting domestic manufacturing. Brown traveled around Ohio meeting with small business owners and workers as part of his “Made in Ohio Tour.” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy and has outlined five key areas of focus to invest in the manufacturing industry:
- Creating a business climate, through tax and health care policies, favorable to investment in manufacturing;
- Investing in the manufacturing capacity for national priorities such as clean energy and critical military equipment;
- Strengthening our component supply chains through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP);
- Matching dislocated workers with emerging industries through sector-based workforce training strategies;
- Making the research and development tax credit permanent to lend predictability to this crucial incentive for manufacturing innovation;
- Promoting exports and defending against unfair trade.