Lawmakers Slam Team USA's Made in China Uniforms

Harry Reid wants to burn them all
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2012 2:20 AM CDT
Lawmakers Slam Team USA's Made in China Uniforms
The flag may have been made in China, too: A census bureau report found that $3.6 million was spent on importing flags last year.   (AP Photo/Ralph Lauren, File)

News that the uniforms Team USA will wear at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics were made in China has united lawmakers from both parties for some made-in-the USA outrage. The athletes "represent the very best and they’re so excellent," Nancy Pelosi said. "And they should be wearing uniforms made in America." When asked about the issue, John Boehner said, "You’d think they’d know better" of the US Olympic Committee.

But it was Harry Reid who sounded the angriest, Politico notes. "I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves ... I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them. And start all over again," he said. "I hope they wear nothing but a singlet that says 'USA' on it painted by hand. We have people in America working in the textile industry who are desperate for jobs." The same issue with Team USA uniforms surfaced in 2008, and a pair of Democratic lawmakers have written to the Olympic committee asking them to take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again in 2016. (More Team USA stories.)

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