In Advance of Independence Day, Sen. Brown's Bill Requiring Federal Government to Buy American Made Flags Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Brown’s Bill Passes Out of Committee, Would Benefit American Flag Makers, Including Ohio Company that is Nation’s Largest Supplier of American Made Stick Flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of Independence Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) bill requiring the federal government to buy American made flags moved one step closer to becoming law. Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed the All-American Flag Act. The Federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from only 50 percent American-made materials. Brown’s legislation would require the government to buy flags that are produced entirely with American-made materials.

“American flags should be American made,” Brown said. “It is the right way to honor our veterans and it is the right way to support American workers and businesses. With Ohio companies proudly producing the American flag, taxpayer funds should not be used to purchase those made in other countries. I thank committee leadership for supporting my legislation and helping it move one step closer to becoming law.” 

According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the value of American flags imported into the United States in 2012 was $3.8 million—including $3.6 million from China. The All-American Flag Act would directly benefit American workers and businesses, including RS Sewing from Canton, the largest supplier of American Made Stick Flags in the United States.

“As a dedicated company that does not import any product to be used with our American flags, RS Sewing Inc. is honored to support this common sense legislation. Thank you Senator Brown,” RS Sewing said in a statement.

In 2011, Brown first introduced the All-American Flag Act, which the Senate passed unanimously that year but stalled in the House of Representatives. Brown is a member of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, currently Vice-Chair of the Senate Auto Caucus, and was recently named incoming Chair of the Senate Steel Caucus. Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American Manufacturing,” Brown continues his fight to strengthen Buy America provisions in the U.S. government.

Earlier this month, the President signed into law a critical water infrastructure bill that includes an amendment Brown introduced that would enforce Buy America provisions and support domestic manufacturers. Brown introduced, and helped pass, an amendment to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) that would ensure American made iron and steel are used in federally-funded water infrastructure projects when available and competitively priced. The amendment benefits Ohio manufacturers like Clow Water Systems in Coshocton and Nucor Steel in Marion. 

Brown also is the author of the Wear American Act. Current law only requires federal government agencies to purchase textile products that are 50 percent American made. Brown’s bill, however, would require all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States. This would create domestic jobs and potentially benefit local businesses.

According to the website of Coshocton based flag maker, Annin and Company, below are the Ohio stores that sell 100 percent American-made flags.  

Store

City

Ameriflag

Cleveland

Creative Banners Flags & Kite

Dayton

Falls Flag & Banner Co.

Akron

Flag Lady’s Flag Store

Columbus

Flaggs USA

Cincinnati

Flaggs USA Jungle Jim’s

Fairfield

Lawson Flag Supply

Columbus

Western Reserve

Boardman

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