Bustos continues bipartisan push for 100 percent American made flags

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her push to ensure the federal government purchases only U.S. flags made from 100 percent American-made materials by introducing the bipartisan All-American Flag Act. Bustos’ efforts to promote American-made flags are in response to concerns she continues to hear from local veterans.

“I strongly believe that American flags purchased with taxpayer money should be made here at home by Americans,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I hear time and again from our veterans of their disappointment that too many American flags are actually made overseas, in countries like China. I’m pleased to continue pushing for American workers by introducing this bipartisan effort to ensure all taxpayer-purchased American flags are made here in America.”

The All-American Flag Act would require the federal government purchase flags that contain 100 percent American-made materials entirely manufactured in the U.S. Current law requires the federal government to purchase flags made of only 50 percent American-made materials.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Data, in 2013 the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags was $4 million. Of that amount, $3.9 million of imported flags came from China.

In 2013, Bustos started her fight for American-made flags by introducing amendments – both of which passed the House with bipartisan support - to the FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Act and the FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Act that mandated that American flags purchased by the federal government using funds from these bills be made in America. In 2014, a similar provision was included in the FY 2015 Defense Department Appropriations Act.