On Wednesday, Representative Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced legislation with Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to make all American flags on federal property be manufactured entirely in the United States using American materials.
Other lawmakers who joined the bill were Congressmen Greg Landsman, D-Ohio, Mike Johnson, R-La., and Troy Balderson, R-Ohio.
“The American flag is an enduring symbol that represents the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and a way to show our patriotism. American flags displayed and procured by the federal government must be completely made in the USA,” Stefanik said in a statement.
The Make American Flags in America Act would also require the Federal Trade Commission to study country-of-origin labeling requirements to ensure the integrity of American-made flags for consumers.
Cruz said about the bill, “The American flag is a symbol of freedom and hope for Texans, Americans, and the world. We should be making our flags in the Land of the Free."
Stefanik said that currently 100% of the flags bought by the U.S. Department of Defense are made in America, but in other agencies, only 50% of flags bought are American-made. According to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, 94% of American flags in the U.S. are made in this country.
Saratoga Flag Company released a statement in support of the new legislation, citing the importance of remembering and celebrating Flag Day.
“Congresswoman Stefanik’s bill honors the importance of The Star-Spangled Banner; while celebrating our heritage and supporting an industry primarily comprised of small family businesses, the bedrock of the American workforce,” the business said.