American's tax paying dollars are hard at work on Capitol Hill and it's all thanks to Ralph Lauren!
A group of 59 bipartisan House members fired off a letter to Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, on Tuesday expressing their outrage over the Made in China uniform snafu and demand they adopt a Made in the USA policy, NOW.
The strongly worded letter read:
"Team USA should wear uniforms that evoke more than just an image, but actual labor from workers and raw materials from America. The Ralph Lauren Corp. claims that the uniforms ‘embody’ the spirit of our country. This is not enough. American manufacturing is critical to the soul of the country. The U.S. textile and apparel industry provides the backbone to many cities and towns. These American companies are capable of making these uniforms at competitive prices."
Exactly! Just ask Dov Charney!
The letter comes just days after nine senators introduced legislation that would ensure all future Olympic gear is Made in America.
To further prove how super pissed they are, this is the first time there has been a bipartisan effort in condemning the actions of the USOC and they're currently looking for more ways to introduce legislation about this issue.
We understand that this is a very big deal, but doesn’t the government have better things to do? And with the Olympics about to start, we'd hate to see this take away from the spirit of the games!
[Image via Ralph Lauren.]
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