(Cleveland) - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is pushing for passage of the Wear American Act.

Current law only requires federal agencies to purchase textile products that are 51 percent American made, but Brown’s bill would require all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States.

Brown claims this would create domestic jobs and potentially benefit local businesses.

Specifically, the Wear American Act would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require Federal agencies to procure textiles and apparel articles-including the components for such articles-that are manufactured in the United States entirely from articles, materials, or supplies mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States.

Brown’s effort follows recent press reports that have cited a lack of federal government oversight and disclosure as it relates to its purchase of products made overseas.

Brown says the federal government, spends more than $1.5 billion a year on foreign-made products, with too many made using child labor in substandard to intolerable working conditions.

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