Sending Office: Honorable Mike Thompson
Sent By:
Brian.Kyler@mail.house.gov

Bipartisan Letter to Honor the American Flag in DoD Appropriations

Deadline: COB Tuesday, March 13

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in requesting language be added to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to buy American flags that were made in America, by American workers, using American-grown and
manufactured materials. 

For the past four years, language requiring American flags to be among the items covered by the Berry Amendment has been included in the Defense Appropriations bill. As a result, DoD has been required to only buy American flags made in America. We request
that this same language be included in the FY 2019 bill. 

Wherever an American flag is flown, it is a symbol of the freedoms men and women throughout our history have marched, fought and died to secure. There is no greater symbol of our country, our unity, our freedom, and our liberty than our flag. It fills us
with pride every time we see it flown or presented by an honor guard.

The deadline to co-sign this bipartisan letter is close of business on today (Tuesday, March 13).

If you have any questions, require additional information, or would like to be added to this letter, please have your office contact Brian Kyler with Representative Mike Thompson (brian.kyler@mail.house.gov)
or Ryan Woodward with Representative Peter King (ryan.woodward@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

MIKE THOMPSON                                                          PETER KING

Member of Congress                                                       Member of Congress

 

 

LETTER TEXT:

March 19, 2018

The Honorable Kay Granger                                     The Honorable Peter Visclosky

Chairman                                                                   Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Defense                                         Subcommittee on Defense

Committee on Appropriations                                   Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                  U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC  20515                                             Washington, DC  20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,

We request that you include language in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act requiring all U.S. flags purchased by the Department of Defense to be made in America, by American workers, using American-grown and manufactured materials.

Wherever an American flag is flown, it is a symbol of the freedoms men and women throughout our history have marched, fought and died to secure.  There is no greater symbol of our country, our unity, our freedom, and our liberty than our flag.

Specifically, we request the following language be included in the FY 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act:

“None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for the purchase or manufacture of a flag of the United States unless such flags are treated as covered items under section 2533a(b) of title 10, United States Code.”

This same language was included in the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.  Section 2533a(b) of title 10 of U.S. Code lists items that the Department of Defense must source domestically under the Berry Amendment.

We believe that it is important that every American flag the federal government buys, starting with the Defense Department, should be made in America, by American workers, and with American materials; and urge that the language above be included in the FY
2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. 

Thank you for your consideration to this matter.  We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

 

______________________                                        ______________________

MIKE THOMPSON                                                   PETER T. KING

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