CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 2853 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) on June 12, 2009.
H.R. 2853 would require the federal government to only purchase American flags that are manufactured entirely in the U.S.
The bill would require that the purchase of domestically made U.S. flags for use by the federal government, regardless of size, must be 100 percent manufactured in the U.S., including articles, materials, or supplies of which are grown, produced, or manufactured in the U.S.
The federal government may purchase flags only from a manufacturer that certifies that the manufacturer does not employ aliens who are not authorized to be employed in the U.S.; and the manufacturer participates in the E-Verify Program.
This bill would be part of the Democrats’ “Make it in America” initiative
The Congressional Budget Office expects that implementing this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget because the Flag Manufacturers Association of America already certifies (through the Made in the USA program) that manufacturers of American flags meet most of those requirements.