Rep. Steve Israel Wants National Parks To Sell Only Items Made In The U.S.A.

RONKONKOMA, NY (WCBS 880) – Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island says that one way to slow the sale of made in China products here in America is to prevent them from being sold in our national parks.

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“My legislation will mandate that all products sold in our national parks or historic places be manufactured, designed, printed in the United States,” Israel said on Thursday.

Israel pointed to a tie featuring the Liberty Bell and a Teddy Roosevelt teddy bear as examples of items made in China now being sold in our national parks.

It’s something he hopes to put an end to.

He says it is one way to save American jobs.

“This is just a common sense step. We buy America in America’s national parks,” said Israel.

The vice president of Autronic Plastics in Westbury estimates his company has lost some 90 percent of its emergency exit sign business to China.

Sen. Charles Schumer has said that unfair Chinese trade practices are costing New Yorkers jobs.

How do you feel about the proposal? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Ted Marshall

    If it passes, park concessionaires will pay a lot less in fees to run the parks. That equals less pay for rangers, personnel. And all that means that small and medium sized parks (based on visitation) will shut down. Is that what the protectionists want? My suggestion: think these things through before submitting them to Congress. It just makes him look totally uninformed/clueless.

  • Sparky

    This is a BAD idea. It won’t help. More jobs will be lost because all the Made is USA goods will be too expensive and stores will close, employees will be laid off, and concessionaires will go out of business.
    My guess is Steve Israel owns a lot of items produced outside the USA.
    I suggest he go do something worthwhile with his time.

  • Dan Te

    Only English should be spoken in our our National Parks too.

  • Christopher T.

    Manufacturing America is brain dead and on life support, and Corporate America is very sick indeed.

  • The Realist

    Will they also demand that all park employees must also be “made in the USA”?


    why dont mr.steve israel introduce a bill for the Billion$ and Billion$ U.S. taxpayers giving to Israel? Maybe we should spend that money on the U.S. instead of giving it away?

    • The Realist

      If you’re going to complain about foreign aid, then you should demand to eliminate ALL of it instead of targeting only one country.

      • Patriot

        U.S. should stop funding the wars in the Middle East.

  • I HATE ezPass Toll Hikes $12, its a shame

    MR. LULu, u are wrong, fact is, this country is run by china gov.

  • lulu

    I bet China makes the American flag.

  • lulu

    The tag could read designed in USA made in China. As far as Israel is concerned I’m waiting to buy my first pair of sandals with a label that reads made in Palestine which make the military shoes for Israel. Elli Saab’s perfume made in Lebanon?. Apple buys a ton of its components from Samsung which it is suing. go figure. No one knows where stuff is made or comes from these days. Even humans. We are all headed for the Lake of Fire.

  • Dan

    We should just target that country and no other country? Sounds like a racists policy.

  • Average Joe

    How about the Billion$ and Billion$ U.S. taxpayers give to Israel? Maybe we should spend that money on the U.S. instead of giving it away?

    • IgnoranteElephante

      More U.S. aid goes to Israel than any other country, except active theaters of war. That’s despicable. America needs to stand up against the powerful minority of Hebrews that control every aspect of our lives.

  • Joe of B'hurst

    It won’t work. The item made in China costs a penny to make and sells for $10. The American made item will cost $8 to make and sell for $10.

    It is a nice idea. But do you think the shopkeeper/concession is going to like the loss. Will his rent go down to compensate?

  • Nick

    So the shops there will be completely empty?

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