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Federal government to purchase all textile products made in US

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-02-10 09:45:00 – NewYork

A US senator Sherrod Brown calls for all textile bought by federal government to be American made. However, the current law stipulates that such products should be 51 per cent American made, but senator wants to go further with the 'Wear American Act'.

He has proposed legislation that would require all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States.

The move follows Brown’s successful campaign to ensure the uniforms, manufactured by Ralph Lauren and worn by US athletes at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are entirely American made, after it emerged the team’s uniforms for the London 2012 Olympic Games were made in China.

Brown, a Democrat representing Ohio, said that the federal government spent more than $1.5 billion (£920 million) a year on foreign-made clothing products, “with too many made using child labour in substandard to intolerable working conditions”.

Brown has called on the General Services Administration, which carries out purchasing for the federal government, to monitor factory locations and conditions in its overseas supply chain and disclose the information to Congress.

According to him, it’s not in the interest of American jobs, American taxpayers, or global human rights when the government procures goods from factories with records of blatant international labour violations. Also, American taxpayers deserve to know the addresses of factories receiving contracts before they are awarded.

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