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house Bill H.R. 113

Should All U.S. Flags Bought by the Federal Government be Made in America?

Argument in favor

All American flags bought by the federal government should be made entirely in the U.S. unless there aren’t adequate materials domestically or the requirement would result in violating a trade agreement.

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01/06/2019
It is ridiculous to be attacking US manufacturers for moving plants overseas when the US government itself patronises such overseas producers in order to save money. Companies move plants overseas so they can produce goods cheaper, which attracts more buyers and thus more profits. That's why all of Trump's goods are produced overseas (and you haven't seen him moving his factories back, have you?) People need to wake up and realize things aren't going to go back the way they were no matter what Trump says. Innovation is the way forward. That being said, I am in favor of requiring US flags bought by the US government to be made in the US. Our soldiers' coffins should not be draped in flags made in China!
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Robert 's Opinion
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01/06/2019
It’s almost a slap in the face of all Americans that we cannot create our own flag to save a buck the government should be the first to stick up for home grown workers of every trade in America ,competition is great but basics should always be home first !
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Allen's Opinion
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01/07/2019
If this doesn't make sense then nothing does. The symbol of our nation
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Argument opposed

The federal government should look to conserve taxpayer dollars, even if that means buying American flags made overseas because they’re lower cost.

Brian's Opinion
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01/15/2019
The federal government should look to conserve taxpayer dollars, even if that means buying American flags made overseas because they’re lower cost.
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Melvin's Opinion
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01/07/2019
The quality of the flag is important. It seems frivolous to demand all materials and labor be within our borders. Let's focus on having fare and just trade agreements not holding up our patriotism as a way to show we are independent and above or better than our trade partners.
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Conal's Opinion
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01/06/2019
Why add more acts that are burdensome and have little effect on the intended goal?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 113?

This bill — the All-American Flag Act — would require U.S. flags acquired for use by the federal government to be manufactured entirely in the U.S. from articles, materials, or supplies grown, produced, or manufactured in the U.S. This requirement wouldn’t apply if: 1) articles, materials, or supplies to be used aren’t grown, produced, or manufactured in the U.S. in sufficient quantity and reasonably available commercial quantities aren’t of a satisfactory quality; or 2) the president determines a waiver is necessary to comply with a trade agreement.

Impact

U.S. makers or suppliers of American flags; foreign makers or suppliers of American flags; taxpayers; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 113

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) reintroduced this bill from the 115h Congress to require the federal government to only buy U.S. flags made entirely in America:

“When a veteran expressed his concern to me about American flags made overseas, I worked across the aisle to require the Defense Department to buy American-made flags. I hear time and again that our veterans are disappointed that tax dollars are buying American flags in countries like China. As we head into this Fourth of July weekend, I’m proud to honor our veterans by introducing this bipartisan bill to ensure all American flags purchased with federal tax dollars are made here in America.”

This bill's 116th Congress reintroduction has 18 cosponsors, including 17 Democrats and one Republican. In the 115th Congress, this legislation passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a voice vote and had the support of 36 bipartisan cosponsors, including 32 Democrats and four Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: baona / iStock)

AKA

All-American Flag Act

Official Title

To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government.

    It is ridiculous to be attacking US manufacturers for moving plants overseas when the US government itself patronises such overseas producers in order to save money. Companies move plants overseas so they can produce goods cheaper, which attracts more buyers and thus more profits. That's why all of Trump's goods are produced overseas (and you haven't seen him moving his factories back, have you?) People need to wake up and realize things aren't going to go back the way they were no matter what Trump says. Innovation is the way forward. That being said, I am in favor of requiring US flags bought by the US government to be made in the US. Our soldiers' coffins should not be draped in flags made in China!
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    If this doesn't make sense then nothing does. The symbol of our nation
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    It’s almost a slap in the face of all Americans that we cannot create our own flag to save a buck the government should be the first to stick up for home grown workers of every trade in America ,competition is great but basics should always be home first !
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    This is extremely embarrasing. I didn’t even know about this. Symbollically frightening if I do say so myself. Additional: Recycling and reusing our materials is also a plus. China stopped accepting a lot of our recyclable materials, so now we have even more landfills. Great.
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    Use the best price for the tax payers.
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    Duh! Why is this even a question?
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    This should be pretty low on the priority list, but yes, the symbol of our country should be made with all-American materials.
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    Yes but this is right below renaming post offices on the priority list.
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    This a big no brainer DUH.
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    Yes, although I do not think that this is the most pressing issue facing our country at the moment, it does symbolize our made in America spirit. The flag is a symbol of our democracy which is blatently under attack at this time. Some may spout how taking a knee at the anthem is anti-American, I beg to differ with them. I find it one of the most American things one can do; to peacefully protest. Freedom is never free and one must be very careful or you might find yourselves without any of the rights afforded to us in the constitution. How will you feel if one day your rights are stripped from you? Possibly even for something as divergent as a differing oppinion. I personally can think of no greater symbol than to have the pristine goodness of the Anerican flag shining from sea to shining sea made in America. I think that it is the least that we can do in the flags honor. It does not hamper free and fair trade in the least, in fact quite the opposite. 🇱🇷
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    The federal government should look to conserve taxpayer dollars, even if that means buying American flags made overseas because they’re lower cost.
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    Yes, if for no other reason as a matter of principle.
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    Yes. It is THE most recognized symbol of our country!
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    The quality of the flag is important. It seems frivolous to demand all materials and labor be within our borders. Let's focus on having fare and just trade agreements not holding up our patriotism as a way to show we are independent and above or better than our trade partners.
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    Why is Congress wasting their time on such trivial matters? I really don’t care where our flags are made; the free market ought to take care of that.
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    Yes please make our flags made in USA, not China
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    The problem is politicians on both sides quit blaming a party.we the voters need to take responsibility and not let the media and politicians tell us what is right.
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    This is a no brainer and can’t imagine it even needing to be voted on. Any elementary student would know the answer.
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    Went to the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston Harbor once. I bought a cap. It was made in China, and I never really enjoyed that cap because of it.
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    Why add more acts that are burdensome and have little effect on the intended goal?
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