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Brown champions ‘buy American’ for government apparel

Published: Wed, July 18, 2012 @ 4:42 p.m.

Brown champions ‘buy American’ for government apparel

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is spearheading a new “Buy America” plan to require the federal government to purchase all clothes from companies in this country.

There are exemptions for apparel types not made in the United States, he said today during a conference call.

Current Buy America statutes require only 51 percent of apparel products bought by the federal government to be made in this country, except for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Their apparel is already required to be 100-percent American made.

Brown’s proposal comes after last week’s news that the uniforms being worn by U.S. athletes during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Summer Olympics in London were made in China.

The federal government spends about $3 billion a year on apparel, according to Brown’s office.

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1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

There is nothing left that is made in the USA other then the money we ship overseas

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2redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Why buy America, because that statement can include Mexico and Canada. Let's buy USA only, that way we keep the jobs HERE!.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Why not cars from America companies
OH my what a hateful thing to say

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4TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How about focusing on some more pertinent issues regarding the country rather than throwing the morons above a bone.

The republic is on fire and about to collapse and he's fostering a bill to guarantee someone's t-shirt is made in America. The dummies love it though.

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5BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


The T-shirt being made in the USA is a small piece of the pie. The big picture is that T-shirts equates jobs for those living in the United States.

The "dummies" (to use your word) believe that a man who spent his entire career exporting jobs will now somehow get them employed in this country. How stupid can you be!!!!!

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6walter_sobchak(2674 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Of course, since the USOC is NOT a govt agency but a private entity, it has the freedom to purchase its clothes wherever they want. Thank you, Sen. Brown, for more your meaningful legislation.

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