Wearing American: We do it in the Olympics, so why not do it in government?

Posted by mmcmullan on 02/07/2014

The Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia! I’m getting psyched for skeleton. Skeleton is ridiculous and awesome.

But that’s not the only thing I'm jazzed about. As mentioned earlier today, Ralph Lauren, the fashion house that designed 2014’s official Team USA uniform, went to lengths to make sure that today’s opening ceremony uniforms were Made in America (they took a PR wallop for Olympic uniforms in ’12 that were made in China). They’ve got a website up where you can check them out. As you might expect, they’re very American. I dig ’em:

But it’s worth noting: That the PR wallop Ralph Lauren endured? It certainly didn’t come out of thin air. Polling shows that Americans want to see more – you guessed it – American-made goods! And that’s the sentiment driving the Wear American Act of 2014, sponsored by Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown:

The Wear American Act would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require federal agencies to procure textiles and apparel articles — including the components for such articles — that are manufactured in the U.S. entirely from articles, materials, or supplies mined, produced, or manufactured in the U.S.

Brown said his bill would also help create U.S. jobs. He said the federal government spends more than $1.5 billion a year on foreign-made products, some of which were made using child labor in substandard working conditions.

Such legislation is a good call. We need to keep at least some apparel manufacturing in the States.

So way to go, Sherrod Brown. The senator can always be counted on to stick up for American makers.

Also of note: Brown was behind the push to make sure today’s opening ceremony uniforms were American-made. Dude’s making moves.

Photo by flickr user Caseyyee used following Creative Commons guidelines.

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