Meng Wants American-Made American Flags

Assemblywoman Grace Meng introduced legislation today that would mandate that all American flags purchased by New York State governmental agencies be made in America.

“It is just commonsense; an American flag should be made in America. It is only appropriate that the world’s most famous symbol of freedom is manufactured in a country that is free, right here in the United States. It’s the least we can do to honor those Americans who fight to protect it every day and those who have lost their lives doing so,” said Ms. Meng. “In addition, this legislation will provide a boost to the American worker and the American economy at time when every effort must be made to support them.”

According to the  “New York State All-American Flag Act,” “Only such flags of the United States of America, regardless of size, that are 100 percent manufactured in the United States, from articles, materials, or supplies 100 percent of which are grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States, may be acquired or used by agencies, departments and governmental commissions of New York State.”

In a release, Ms. Meng pointed out in 2006, the last year that data is available, the U.S. census bureau estimated that  $5.3 million worth of American flags were imported from other countries in 2006, and that last year American flag imports were valued at $3.6 million, with $3.3 million coming from China.

Ms. Meng is in a relatively close general election for a congressional seat in Queens, and so it is hard to avoid reading politics into this move of hers. If Ms. Meng wins, she will be the first Asian-American from New York to serve in the House, and even though her district is one of the most diverse in the country, it is also smart politics to wrap yourself up in the flag. To wit, The Daily News  noted last month that Dan Halloran, Ms. Meng’s Republican opponent, has been accused of fanning anti-Asian sentiment, something that a Made-In-The-USA flag bill could provide a bulwark against.

Meng Wants American-Made American Flags