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Military Recruits Would Be Required To Buy Shoes ‘Made in USA’ Under New Bill

Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins visits New Balance factory in Maine.

United States military recruits would be required to purchase athletic shoes made in America, under new proposed federal legislation.

The Department of Defense allows military recruits to buy their own athletics shoes with an allowance it provides them. The proposed law would require that allowance to be spent on athletic shoes made domestically.

The bill is authored by Senators Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine. Interestingly enough, three of the New Balance shoe company's factories are in Maine. And, according to Runner's World, New Balance is the only major manufacturer that makes its shoes in the United States.

Collins said of her bill:

"The President said in his State of the Union address that one of his top priorities is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. We share this priority. One way we can make that possible without increasing the federal deficit a single dime is to make sure that the athletic footwear purchased every year by entry-level military recruits is manufactured by U.S. companies like New Balance."

Pork, or patriotism? Put your foot down and have your say in our comments section!

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Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | May 30, 2013 at 1:53 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Seriously? More rice bowl legislation?

We have guidelines AGAINST sole-source vendors so that we encourage competition.
Sen. Collins, if you want to increase the sale o shoes made in your state, lobby to reduce the taxes charged to shoe manufacturers in your state. Don't saddle service personnel with the cost and limit their choice to one type of shoe.

This is a bad idea. The motivation may be well intentioned but that doesn't make it any less horrid.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 30, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Here's a better idea: Eliminate the subsidization of athletic shoes for new recruits.

Then they would be free to purchase whatever bling-encrusted dunk-enhancing gel-massaging shoes they please.

Oh and shhh, don't tell Sen. New Balance that combat boots are Chinese made too.

We'll keep that a secret!

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bailarin | May 30, 2013 at 11:29 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

How about repeal of PNTR China that is funding the Chinese military and space program and to boot provides the technology and manufacturing know-how as well. PNTR China ratified by the U.S. Congress in 2000 is TREASON.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 31, 2013 at 12:25 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

This is a little off-topic, but I have to voice my disgust at the UNITED STATES MEDIA as well as J.C. Penny Co., WAL-MART and the GAP.

The tragedy in Bangladesh numbered in the THOUSANDS.


Far more than the Boston Bombing or the Oklahoma Tornadoes, but our media and our society have made a disgusting decision that the lives of Bangladeshi sweatshop workers are inferior to those of Americans, and therefore the coverage the Bangladeshi disaster got in proportion to the lives lost is INSUFFICIENT AND INHUMANE.

And now Wal-Mart and the Gap and JC Penny are getting a FREE PASS in the U.S. media and by the U.S. public for "opting out" of doing anything to curb this travesty.

How many Bangladeshi lives need to be lost before Americans actually give a crap!? If I sound mad, it's because I am, I am FUMING over this blatant display of disregard for certain classes and nationalities of fellow human beings.

Maybe the military should ban clothing products from The Gap, Wal-Mart, and JC-Penny who think it's OK to CONTINUE TO USE SLAVE LABOUR IN POOR COUNTRIES LIKE BANGLADESH WHERE LIVE ARE IN DANGER.

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