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Bill would require all American flags to be made in the USA

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WFLA/WCMH) - Several lawmakers are hoping to change the way the U.S. government buys American flags. 

Under current law, any American flag purchased by the government must be at least 50 percent made in the USA.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Maine Senator Susan Collins introduced the All-American Flag Act to change that. 

“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. “By purchasing all-American flags, we honor our country while also supporting American manufacturers.”

The legislation would require flags purchased by the government to be 100 percent made in the USA.

Producers would also only be allowed to use American made materials.

Brown and Collins’ All-American Flag Act passed the Senate in 2011 and 2014, but stalled both years in the House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) has introduced companion legislation in the House.

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