New Senate Bill Says American Flags Must Be Made In The USA
With the globalization of the world economy, it's inevitable that firms would outsource the production of products to China, even when it comes to the American flag itself. The All-American Flag Act, originally introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, was passed by the Senate in January 2019. The bill seeks to move the production of the US flag from overseas back to United States soil.
The story of the American flag plays a pivotal role as an emblem for the military and the government. It is also an important part of the country's history. Many people consider the flag a sacred emblem. The flag was famously designed by Betsy Ross in 1776. She also created uniforms and tents for soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
Ross's design only had 13 stars because that was the number of states during that era. The stars were in a circular formation. As new states joined the Union, the flag changed. Most of the flags were manufactured in the USA, but this changed after 2001 when China acceded to the World Trade Organization. Consequently, more flags were produced in China.
Legislators have been bothered by this trend, and they have taken action to preserve the sanctity of the flag. A bill called the "All-American Flag Act" was drafted in 2018 by both political parties. It was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
The bill states that the federal government cannot use funds to produce a flag unless it has been created in the United States. The materials used for the flag must also have originated in the USA.
Due to this sudden shift in production, American manufacturers are seeing large upticks in production in order to fulfill all the demand for flags. A new organization called the Flag Manufacturers Association of America has been established to provide guidance on this fast-growing sector of manufacturing.
One of the most patriotic factories for flag production is the Goodwill of South Florida's Flag Center. These flags are hand-made and given to families who have lost loved ones in the line of military duty.
They also have a hiring policy that gives Americans financial security by upholding the sanctity of the country's flag. The CEO of the company said to The Miami Herald that business has been good, and it has been an honor to provide meaning to the sacrifices of military veterans.
The flags at the Florida facility are much better quality than the ones that were imported from China that used to make up over 90 percent of flags that were sold in the USA. The new bill would radically shift the flag industry. The bill passed in the House of Representatives in January 2019 according to Gov Track and goes to the Senate next.
Senator Brown made a statement to the media that he believed tax dollars should be used for American-made products that support the job market in this country, and this is even more important when it comes to producing a symbol such as a flag.
It is also expected that tariffs imposed by the current presidential administration will reduce the number of flags imported from China, and this will further shift the number of flags that are produced in America.
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