Military-Bought American Flags Now Made in America

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(CNN) — You might be surprised if you looked at a tag on an American flag bought by the military. It could easily read “Made in China.”

While the flags were made correctly with 13 stripes and 50 stars, representing the original 13 American colonies and the 50 U.S. states, there was no law that said flags bought by the Pentagon had to be made in the United States.

That is until this past Friday.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson added a provision into the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last month that added the American flag to the list of items covered under the Berry Amendment, which requires that certain items that the military buys to be produced in America.

It went into effect last week.

“I am proud to have worked to pass this law so that our men and women in uniform never have to fight under a U.S. flag made overseas, and so that our Defense Department never again spends American tax dollars on a U.S. flag made overseas,” the California Democrat said.

The Berry Amendment, passed in 1941, restricts military funds from being used to buy certain items that are not grown or produced in the United States, including food, clothing, military uniforms, fabrics and certain tools.

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6 comments

  • Judy

    THAT’S A GOOD START NOW LET’S START BRINGING OTHER THING’S BACK TO THE MADE IN THE USA LABEL, WE HELP EVERYONE ELSES ECONOMY HOW ABOUT REALLY HELPING OURS FOR A CHANGE..!!

    • Comments closed

      Well Juddy if you and your boomer and white trash friend would stop buying the junk at Walmart and Target and shop for Americsn goods online perhaps you could be part of the solution. You seem to shout it, but don’t really support it enjoy supporting China on your next Walmart visit.

      • Mark

        Americans want high wages for simple work. Look at the college grads these days… they live on their smart phone while at work, wanting CEO pay when hired. Too many feel “entitled” when they have done nothing to earn it.

  • Mark

    I fully support it… IF the American flags are reasonably priced. I know China uses child labor and has a low cost of living, but I also know Unions exist for the betterment of themselves and they price American products out of competition. I served 27 yrs active duty and am proud to be patriotic, but “we” sometimes cost ourselves far too much.

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