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Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) on China-made Olympic uniforms: 'Made in America is not just a label, it is an economic solution'

Members of the U.S. Olympic team will be dressed head to toe in red, white and blue when they walk in to London's Olympic stadium in two weeks. Some lawmakers, however, are saying the China-made clothing is anything but patriotic.

The uniforms were designed by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, a private sponsor of the Olympic team.

Senate Marjority Leader Harry Reid (D- NV) said Thursday, "I am so upset that I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrased. I think they should take all the uniforms put them in a big pile and burn them. And start all over again."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (R-NY) penned a letter to the United States Olympic Committee Chairman Lawrence Probts that reads in part, "As American fans cheer for our Olympians, we should also be cheering for the American manufacturers and laborers reflected in the red, white and blue on their uniforms... We look forward to seeing the all our uniforms saying Made In America at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia."

Soledad O'Brien speaks with Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) on CNN's "Starting Point" this morning about the Olympic team uniforms. "This is the country that landed a man on the moon," Rep. Israel says. "We should be able to manufacture clothing for our Olympic athletes in London next month."

Rep. Israel, like Sen. Reid, says the uniforms could be manufactured again, on U.S. soil, and be ready for the London games. He adds, "This is a big deal. "Made in America" is not just a label, it is an economic solution."

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