New Senate Bill Requires ALL American Flags to Be Made in the USA
'All-American Flag Act' set to keep manufacturing in the US
One of the great symbols of America, the American flag, has largely been manufactured in China, but things are starting to change.
Known as a sacred symbol of the republic, representing the defense of the rights of its people, the creation of the flag has an important place in America's heart.
Designed in 1776 by upholsterer Betsy Ross, who also produced uniforms, flags, and tents for the Continental Army, the design's 13 stars represent the original states that declared independence from Great Britain.
The design then evolved as new states joined the Union.
Historically, flags were manufactured by American factories, but after 9/11 and China’s accession to the WTO (World Trade Organization), the number of imported flags began to increase.
But lawmakers and factories are now making some changes.
Bipartisan legislation called the “All-American Flag Act” was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio in 2018.
The act prohibits “agencies from using funds to procure a U.S. flag unless such flag has been manufactured in the United States from materials that have been the U.S. grown, produced, or manufactured.”
Meanwhile, some of the remaining factories in Florida and Pennsylvania are working overtime to meet demand.
They have helped form an organization called the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, which is “is dedicated to educating the public on the quality of flags manufactured in the United States and raising awareness of the importance of American flags ‘Made in the USA’, as well as the proper use of our nation’s greatest symbol.”
Workers at the Goodwill of South Florida’s Flag Center take special pride in sewing and embroidering flags by hand, with the aid of weaving machines that date back to the 1920s.
But these aren't just any flags; this particular factory makes the flags folded into triangles given by the military to honor the families of fallen soldiers at their funeral.
As one of the factory’s staff members said:
"It’s an important department because many times, people come to us seeking their own independence through jobs, and they wind up working on the country’s biggest symbol of independence, which is the flag.”
Goodwill CEO of Industries David Landsberg said:
“It’s been great, steady work over the years, but it’s also very important work. It’s an honor to be making these flags for our veterans that have passed away.”
This is far removed from the poor-quality imports from Chinese factories, which made up for 94 percent of the flags sold in America, according to a 2013 U.S. Census.
The Senate bill proposes to support American flags made in America.
According to a press release about the bill, Senator Sherrod Brown said:
“American tax dollars should go to American-made products that support American jobs, especially when the product is a symbol of our nation.”
“By purchasing all-American flags, we honor our country while also supporting American manufacturers.”
Additionally, recent tariffs promoted by President Donald Trump against Chinese manufacturing will also increase the cost of importing American flags.