The U.S. Olympic Committee “should be ashamed of themselves” for commissioning uniforms made in China, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who told reporters the outfits American athletes are to wear while being introduced in London should be put in a pile and burned.
Even though the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies are less than 15 days away, “If they have to wear nothing but singlets that say USA on it painted by hand, that’s what they should do,” the Nevada Democrat said.
The uniforms were a topic of discussion on the other side of the Hill, too. “You’d think they’d know better,” Speaker John Boehner told reporters.
In a letter to the USOC, Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown wrote, “Our athletes — and the apparel they wear — should represent America. We know how to make things in America, which is why it’s such an embarrassment that Chinese factories were used to manufacture Team U.S.A’s uniforms.” Brown is the author of S. 1619, legislation that seeks to help American manufacturers by requiring countervailing duty investigations under certain circumstances.
ABC News first reported on the China-made uniforms.
Kathleen Hunter contributed to this post
From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker