Rohnert Park, CA, United States (4E) – The U.S. military can no longer use American flags made in China, according to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA 5).
Thompson said Tuesday he wrote a legislation requiring flags purchased by the Department of Defense be 100 percent “Made in America.” That law is part of the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations law signed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 17.
Thompson’s legislation added flags to the 1941 Berry Amendment, which lists items the DOD cannot buy unless they are made or produced in U.S. soil. The items the DOD are banned from purchasing under that law includes food, clothing, military uniforms, fabrics, stainless steel, and hand or measuring tools that are made or produced overseas.
“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,” CBS News quoted Thompson as saying during a visit to North Bay Industries, a vocational rehabilitation center in Rohnert Park that makes thousands of flags each year, mainly for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The VA was already required to source memorial flags made in the U.S. with American-only materials.
It was from the said company that Thompson learned last year that not all U.S. flags purchased by the military are made locally prompting him to write the legislation.