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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is introducing legislation that would require
government agencies to only buy apparel that's American-made, amending current
laws that offer much greater leeway. The proposal follows the recent news that
U.S. athletes will wear uniforms made in China during the opening ceremony of
this summer's Olympic Games.
know how to make things in America, and the textile sector employs more than
half a million workers in the United States – which is why the federal
government should be purchasing, whenever possible, apparel that is
domestically produced," Brown said. "With our widening trade deficit,
we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing and job
bill proposed by Brown, named the Wear American Act of 2012, would mandate that
textile and apparel items bought by federal agencies be manufactured from
materials grown or produced in the U.S. Current so-called Buy America statutes
only require 51% of apparel products purchased by the federal government to be
made domestically. "Manufacturing helped make this country great,"
Brown said. "Good-paying manufacturing jobs have allowed hundreds of
thousands of Americans to buy homes, send their children to college, and retire
Each year, the federal
government spends approximately $3 billion on apparel, according to Brown's