American flags must be made in the USA, according to a recent rule laid down by the Pentagon.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, one anti-US protester ironically died from inhaling the fumes from burning American flags. But Lil Wayne stomped on some American flags and only incurred the wrath of Twitter.
The new rules introduced by the Department of Defense say that not only should American flags be 100 percent produced in the United States, the materials also must be Made In USA. The DoD purchases several thousand American flags each year for use on military bases, ships, and government installations like the Pentagon. American flags are also produced for every military member killed in action, with the flag being given to the surviving family members.
It's estimated that around 7.5 million American flags sold in the United States also happen to be foreign made. The Flag Manufacturer's Association of America believes around five percent of all flags sold in the US are completely made outside of the United States.
This new rule is probably also one of the few times both sides in Congress will agree on anything even though the Democrats are notorious for wanting to reduce the military budget. For example, Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) says, "Our men (and) women in uniform should serve under American-made flags." This stance is being made even though American flags made in China are probably cheaper.
Beforehand, many vendors selling American flags to the military were also American companies but the sources for the materials such as ink or fabric tended to be in other countries. Some reports claim the Department Of Defense used to purchase American flags manufactured wholly overseas.
Do you agree that American flags should only be "made in USA" or should budget concerns come first?