The flag proposal is just one bill Brown has in the works to require the federal government to “buy American.” Brown said he’s also working with Sen. Rob Portman on a bill to require the federal government to buy only American supplies for infrastructure projects funded by taxpayer dollars.
“We’ve lost too many jobs in this country because of bad trade agreements,” Brown said. “This is one we can fix…it’s really just the principle of the thing.”
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Brown’s flag act was approved in the U.S. Senate in 2011 and 2014 but was previously stalled in the House of Representatives. The House has already passed the bill this year and it’s now up to the Senate to send the proposal to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Brown was welcomed to American Legion Post 598 in Kettering this week where he drew support from local veterans for his flag bill. Brown also recently supported a bill in Congress honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.
The post’s commander, Ketih Eastmann, said he didn’t know until recently that not all American flags used by the federal government were made in the U.S. Brown’s bill, he said, has his support.
“We’re glad to discuss a topic that many feel strongly about, the American flag. Vets have fought for it and many have perished for it. Senator Brown has sponsored a bill that had passed the House and is now going through the Senate that addresses the made-in-America belief,” Eastmann said. “Many veterans and civilians alike feel a sense of pride when they view her colors.”
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