Lipinski Introduces Bi-Partisan House Bill Requiring U.S. Olympic Committee To 'Buy American'

With many Southland residents still unemployed, should the U.S. Olympic Committee have off-shored American jobs to make team uniforms for American athletes in China? Read the story, then take the poll.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced a bipartisan bill, H.R. 6123, in Congress on Tuesday requiring the United States Olympic Committee to “Buy American.”

The bill comes on the heels of last week’s revelation that the 2012 team outfits provided by Ralph Lauren for the opening and closing ceremonies were made in China. Some lawmakers, including Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) demanded that the Chinese-made uniforms be burned.

H.R. 6123 would ensure that American workers make the uniforms and equipment that the USOC provides to American athletes wherever possible. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is required every four years to report to Congress on its operations, receipts and expenditures as a federally chartered nonprofit corporation. The legislation will also require the committee to report on where the goods it provides for athletes are manufactured and the steps it has taken to ensure the goods are made in the United States.

Lipinski said in a news statement that the last thing the USOC should be doing is contributing to the off-shoring of American jobs.

“When I heard that our Olympic athletes would be wearing uniforms that were made in China for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, I was outraged,” Lipinski said. “The Olympics is a showcase for the best that a country has to offer to the world. But during the most watched events of the games our athletes will be showcasing Chinese-made uniforms instead of uniforms made by American workers. What was the U.S. Olympic Committee thinking? They certainly didn’t have American workers in mind.”

Lipinski and Jones also joined together to introduce House Resolution 731, urging the USOC to “strive to ensure that all of the clothing and equipment purchased for the United States Olympic athletes is made in America."

American Apparel, the made-in-the-USA clothing manufacturer, says it can have new U.S. uniforms in London in seven days.

Should the U.S. Olympic Committee burn the Chinese-made, Ralph Lauren team outfits in favor of American-made uniforms? Take the poll. Then tell us why in the comments.

RobertS July 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Bob, I totally agree with you! Americans used to take such pride in the space program, and when you see it in its' current state, it is sickening! We need to keep as many dollars in this country as possible!
Chronicles of Bob July 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
God I wish it was 1984 and I can pop my Born in the USA mix tape into my car dash... Dude, I was kidding... "Rotary Android Touch." I guess I was the only one that found myself funny.. ?
Chronicles of Bob July 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hsss Old bob... Hsss... I think we should make American super double king sized matresses so we all have plenty of room to stuff our money in. #(Amendment for above statement: Please remove the word King and add Presidential. I don't want anyone to think I am pro European)
tom July 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
black panther party? How do you get race into this discussion?
Dave W. July 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Since the money IS not government money, it SHOULD NOT be dictated by the government as to how it is spent, so long as it is not something criminal. HOWEVER...these are not just some regular clothes that any sucker can get from China by way of Wal-Mart (remember all those "Made in the USA" ads they used to have?). These ARE the Olympic uniforms representing our country...in front of the world. It is one thing to acknowledge with a bit of sadness or embarrassment that we no longer make a lot of clothing here, it is another to not be able to have THESE uniforms made here. Who cares who designs them or makes them if they cannot be made in the country they are to represent? If we have so much as one loom and one tailor, they should be made here. They have FOUR years to figure out between each event, two between Summer and WInter Games...it cannot be THAT hard to line up a few places who will be happy to have that contract. All the rest about other items made or not in America might be relevant in a bigger scheme of things, but these are not just socks for one of us to go jogging something. This was mishandled and poorly planned by the USOC, which should have a standing rule ALREADY that all garments are to be made in the United States of America. Really, how was that not always a rule? As for Ralph Lauren; what do you expect from a guy that once sued the U.S. Polo Association for using the term "polo" in regards to...POLO?


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