They just won't let this go!
On Monday, a group of nine Democratic senators introduced the Team USA Made in America Act, which would require the U.S. Olympic Committee to provide athletes with American-made gear for all future games.
The proposed legislation states clothing must be "sewn or assembled in the United States with fabrics formed and cut in the U.S. or components knit to shape from yarns wholly formed in the U.S.", and if they have to be sourced from overseas, the USOC must provide specific reasons why they can't meet the requirement.
Sen. Robert Menendez explained:
"While I was shocked that it’s not already a given that Team USA's ceremonial uniforms must be made in America, I welcome the United States Olympic Committee’s commitment to rely on American manufacturers and industry to produce uniforms for our future American Olympians. And while I appreciate that commitment, I look forward to the quick passage of this patriotic jobs bill so that the United States never finds itself in this embarrassing, baffling situation again."
If the bill passes, it will amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which in turn will label all clothing and accessories with "Made in the USA" to meet the standards of the Federal Trade Commission.
We just hope this is the last we hear about the clothing drama, so we can enjoy the 2012 Olympics in peace.