Our men and women in uniform deserve the very best uniforms and equipment and, thanks to the 1941 Berry Amendment, those uniforms must be made in the USA. But a loophole in this amendment excludes athletic footwear and, as a result, the US government spends $15 million annually on footwear vouchers for soldiers, without requiring the footwear to be American made.
As a Congressman, Mike Michaud has been fighting to change that. Mike believes U.S. military uniforms should be 100% made-in-the-USA, including their sneakers. Mike's amendment to the defense spending bill that will ensure the Pentagon is complying with the Berry Amendment has passed in the House of Representatives.
Now, it's up to the US Senate to follow suit and send it to the president's desk for his signature. Ensuring our military uniforms are 100% American made isn’t just good for our soldiers, it’s good for our economy and our workers as well – especially here in Maine where New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., employs more than 900 residents.
New Balance is the only major shoe manufacturer left in America. Join Mike in urging the U.S. Senate to support American jobs and American soldiers by requiring U.S. military uniforms to be 100% made in America.