Legislation Would Ban Foreign-Made U.S. Flags

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America says U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that $5.3 million worth of U.S. flags were imported from foreign countries in 2006, and that figure has remained stable for the past several years. Notably, most of these imports were from China. Republican Congressman Walter Jones is among those who want to change that.

Jones and Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) have introduced the Genuine American Flag Act, legislation that would prohibit foreign-made U.S. flags, regardless of size, from being imported for sale inside the United States.

"This legislation should be a no-brainer," Congressman Jones said. "Especially at a time when our nation's economy is hurting, it is just plain commonsense that the American flag - the symbol of our nation's strength and unity - should be manufactured here in the United States."

"Many Americans are unaware that the flags they proudly display this President's Day could actually be made in places like China," said Congressman Boren. "The most important symbol of the United States should be made by U.S. companies that employ hard-working U.S. citizens. It is imperative that we pass this legislation before foreign companies continue to gain a foothold in the manufacture of U.S. flags."

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  • by GVegas24 Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    While we are at it, lets make it a law that all North Carolina flags must be made in North Carolina! That ought to bring in a couple of bucks! If the companies that make the flags run into any financial trouble they can always ask for a bailout!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    Kimo; Well Said! I wonder why all these posters think this is such a great and important issue. They apparently have no idea what he does, otherwise he would have been voted out during the primary and Joe McLaughlin would be in his seat. We have huge issues at hand, and he is introducing legislation to make law that all American Flags are made here. Should they be made here? Absolutely! Should our Senators be legislating it? Absolutely not! Wake up people, we have much bigger fish to fry. This issue shouldn't even be on the radar. I am as patriotic as anyone, but this isn't what I want our elected officials toiling over and you shouldn't either. Do any of you ever wonder why everything is made off shore? Jeeesh!
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Feb 16, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    It is a crying shame that america can't make there own flags. This is utterly pitiful.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 16, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    To Ben of Havelock, Amen to that! I am with you 100% on not buying foreign made goods, even automobiles. To Jay of Chocowinity, how about Boyz to Men or Naughty by Nature singin some Skynard? Now that SURE AINT RIGHT. As for Walter Jones calling this, this is one of the best things that a politician up in D.C. has called for in a very long time. It does not surprise me that Walter came up with this. He is very good for N.C.(especially ENC) and this U.S. of A nation. Think about how making ALL the flags (WHICH CAN BE DONE) would make the unemployment rate go down. That would at least be a good sign of things in the future to come. As for you Delta, foreign made flags and foreigners are both problems that have affected this terrible economy, but neither is the biggest problem. The biggest problems are the greed of the politicians and executives of big corporations, chasing every dollar running around and keeping it for themselves, and Bush sending money to the Middle East which was dumb
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Feb 16, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    I agree that ALL American flags should be American made and not foreign imports. That being said, is this THE most important thing on Congressman Jones' "to do" list? Jones has a history of introducing into Congress some of the most ignorant legislation known to man. This guy reall needs to go.
  • by here Location: here on Feb 16, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    Are any American flags made in this country anymore? This country is so screwed. Thanks Washington. BOTH democrates and republicans!! The American people can blame you BOTH!
  • by Jimmy Thad Hodges Location: Winterville on Feb 15, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    the foreign made flags plus all Toyotas, Hondas, Nissons, etc!
  • by Lonnie Location: Greenville on Feb 15, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    God walter Jones. Maybe he"l speak out on TV that we need to REPEAL NAFTA. We need our jobs back in the USA. I hope he says we need a Revolution on TV.,and for the American people rise up and take this country back by force. Hell over 5 Mil;ions jobs lost I think with him at the front it could be done.We need FAIR trade not free trade.
  • by Jay Location: Chocowinity on Feb 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    Man, I went to the Harley shop to buy some swag, and I was amazed at the accesories made in China. Now, that is like the Back Street Boys singing some Skynard. Just ain't right.
  • by Reality on Feb 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    No it is not living a breathing, but living and breathing men died to defend it, and what it stands for. Nobody worships soldiers, but unlike liberals, soldiers actually confront evil instead of believing it does not exist.

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