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U.S. Rep. Clay Takes USOC To Task

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A Congressman from Missouri says he doesn’t think designer Ralph Lauren’s announcement to find an American company to make the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic team uniforms will silence the critics of the U.S. Olympic Committee, this year.

Democrat Lacy Clay is among those on Capitol Hill expressing disappointment that the 2012 Summer Olympic apparel for the American team was made in China.

“I don’t know if I’d go as far as (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid and call on them to burn the uniforms and outfits, but I think the U.S. Olympic Committee could have and should have looked for an American manufacturer,” Clay said during an appearance Saturday in St. Louis County.

There are 530 U.S. athletes competing in the London Games, which begin July 27th.

“It would’ve helped the American economy, and those are our athletes. You want them to be clothed in American-made goods,” Clay said.

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