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Weigh in on U.S. Olympic Uniforms Made in China

Lawmakers slam USOC decision not to use outfits made by American workers.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, including one from Long Island, criticized the U.S. Olympic Committee this week for outfitting the U.S. team in Ralph Lauren uniforms made in China.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, urged the not-for profit USOC to reverse the decision and ensure U.S. athletes wear uniforms that are made in America, according to an Associated Press report.

"It is not just a label, it's an economic solution," Israel said. "Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said simply of the USOC, "You'd think they'd know better," according to the AP.

"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said to the Associated Press. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."

Many argue the uniforms should have been made by American workers as U.S. textile companies struggle through the economic recession. 

Virginia July 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM
The Olympic Committee as a not-for-profit did not choose where to have the uniforms made, they chose a respected American company as a sponsor. It amazes me with the economy in such dismal shape, the health care law debate, this is the big news issue! Washington law makers should have better things to do!
Judy July 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Perhaps we should consider why the "iconic" American company, Ralph Lauren, is having their clothing made in China in the first place. Their prices certainly do not reflect the so-called Cost Effective savings that are associated with things made in China. The Olympic uniforms should be made in America!
Ed July 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I agree with you Virginia. This is just another smoke screen being used to divert attention to our major problems. No media is talking about the dismal state of jobs and the failure of our governments to get us out of this recession that we have been in for over four years.
Steve July 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I agree Judy, that's the dumbest statement in that article. An iconic American company that manufactures their cloths in China !
Sbrownie July 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
How is Lauren an iconic "american" company to begin with?
Liz July 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The Olympic uniforms in 2008 were also made in China. Where was Reid's outrage back then? They should be made in the USA, I totally agree, but it just seems like this is more of a campaign issue, than it is about JOBS in this country
tony July 15, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The real problem, Why do all of us including those making comments continue to buy articles made in China? There are still many American made clothing factories and if we want them to continue to make clothes, spent a couple of dollars more to support our domestic manufacturers. Look in your mirror before you get into your FIT car.
bob gee July 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM
HMMMMM is their underwear made in china? how about their shoes,socks,sanitary napkins? are the track shoes, boxing gloves, weights,boats, archery,guns,bathing suits,soccer balls,flags and all the other sporting equiptment made in the US ????? are there any americans of chineese decent on the team????. who cares where it's made.play the game

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