NJ Senate Supports ‘Team USA Made In America Act Of 2012’
The full New Jersey Senate has approved s measure sponsored by Senator Nick Scutari supporting the effort in Congress to require that apparel worn by United States athletes in the Olympics be made in America. The legislation comes after controversy erupted this summer over revelations that opening ceremony outfits provided by Ralph Lauren to U.S. Olympians were manufactured in China.
Legislation has been introduced in the United States senate requiring that attire worn in the opening and closing ceremonies by Olympians representing the United States be made in the USA. Senator Scutari’s resolution supports the measure and urges Congress and the President to enact the legislation.
“The men and women on the United States Olympic teams represent our country’s greatest athletes and are a source of national pride. Their skill and ability is nothing short of remarkable and that was demonstrated this summer as we earned medals in 104 events on the international stage,” says Scutari. “The fact that our athletes were unable to wear American-made uniforms to celebrate their victories in London was an embarrassment. We must ensure that the Olympic Committee resolves this issue and that this never happens again.”
Though it holds no legal weight, if the New Jersey Assembly also passes the measure as expected, duly authenticated copies of the resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the General Assembly, will be sent to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, each member of Congress from the State of New Jersey and each member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee.