Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:38:16
The 'stars and Stripes' loses its 'Old Glory' under Chinese-made US flags, prompting a lawmaker to urge US-made flags on federal property.
"It's not a major problem facing the nation," admitted Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. "But it's an irritant," AP quoted the lawmaker as saying on Monday.
Following the September 11 terrorist attack on the US and a sudden hike in US sense of patriotism, the US flag market faced a sky-rocketing demand, a burden it could barely shoulder.
Since then Chinese-made flags seemed to pop up everywhere in the US.
Now, as demand subsides, US lawmakers have urged the Defense Department to buy American-made textiles and the Veterans Affairs Department to use American-made flags for burials.
Moreover, a new law in Minnesota bans selling foreign-manufactured US flags with violations subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and jail terms of up to 90 days. Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida have also followed suit.
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