Recently, several U.S. senators, including Joe Manchin, have formed a bipartisan effort designed to promote “Made in America.”
Specifically, the bipartisan group has proposed a bill, titled “The All-American Flag Act,” which will require the American federal government to only purchase American flags that have been made on American soil.
Presently, the government is able to purchase flags that contain only 50 percent of American-made materials, per a recent press release from Senator Manchin’s office.
The new bill would require the government to buy and use flags that have been manufactured entirely in the United States, or made entirely from American materials.
“Every day, students, Veterans, soldiers, scouts, and Americans pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” Manchin remarked, “we salute it; we fight for it; we honor it and celebrate it.”
Given the critically important role that the flag plays in Americans’ lives, Manchin added that he was proud to openly co-sponsor the bill, “which will create good-paying jobs and spur economic growth across the country.”
In other words, not only will the bill help promote American-made products, but also American employment, which is increasingly under threat from the Biden administration and its remarkably shortsighted economic policies.
“I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this important legislation,” Manchin continued diplomatically, “and I look forward to getting it across the finish line and signed into law.”
In short, Manchin exemplifies the unity that Biden promised he would bring to the country during one of his scant appearances while running for president.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that the United States had imported $4.4M worth of flags, with $4M originated from purchases in China.
Manchin is not the only Democrat to support the bill, as Senator Sherrod Brown has also chimed in about the importance of “Made in America.”
“American flags should be made in America, period,” Brown declared, “today, half of the materials that our women and men in uniform fight under can be made in China. We have to change that.”
Brown also added that several companies within America are more than capable of producing American-made American flags, and taxpayer dollars are better served funding American, rather than Chinese, corporations.
The bipartisan bill sparks hope that greater unity can be reached in the future, especially in light of an increasingly unstable geopolitical landscape.