WASHINGTON — As of Friday, American flags purchased by the U.S. military must be completely made in America.
It's the sort of thing that seems like it would have been formalized already. There's a rule that governs what the Pentagon can purchase and where these things must originate, a rule that didn't use to cover American flags.
The new policy says that American flags, "including the materials and components thereof," have to be made in the United States.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., who is running for a ninth term in Congress, said on Friday that he pushed for the change because he thought it was just common sense that American flags be made in the United States.
"American flags are something we can all agree on should be made in America," he said. "I don't think it's right that our military service men and women should be fighting under flags made in foreign countries."