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Maine Delegation Submits Bill Mandating American-Made Shoes For Military
05/25/2013 6:10 AM ET  

The four members of Maine's Congressional delegation have introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would require the Department of Defense to provide American-made athletic shoes to new recruits.

WASHINGTON, D.C. _ Second District Congressman Mike Michaud said the Defense Department has been getting around regulations by giving new military personnel an allowance for athletic footwear.

"I'm very disappointed because we have three facilities here in Maine that are very compliant, that employ between eight and nine hundred jobs, not to say they'll get the contract, but since they're the only one's here producing it in the united states, more than likely they would," said Michaud.

The measures would require DOD to treat athletic Footwear like every other uniform item outlined in a 1941 federal law known as the Berry Amendment, which requires the military to supply gear, such as uniforms and equipment, made domestically to personnel.

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