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Trump signs SPOONSS Act into law to mandate DOD use American flatware

Congressman Anthony Brindisi speaks Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Sherrill Manufacturing regarding the SPOONSS Act which would require the Department of Defense to purchase American made flatware. [O-D FILE PHOTO/TNS)
January 10, 2020

A bill that will require the Department of Defense to purchase American-made steel flatware has been signed into law.

President Donald Trump has signed the Support Procurement of our Nation’s Stainless Steel Act (SPOONSS Act) into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, according to U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s office.

Sherrill Manufacturing employees listen to Congressman Anthony Brindisi speak Tuesday, September 3, 2019 regarding the SPOONSS Act which would require the Department of Defense to purchase American made flatware. [O-D FILE PHOTO/TNS)

The primary beneficiary of the SPOONSS Act will be Sherrill Manufacturing in Sherrill, as the last flatware maker in America. The Department of Defense had to purchase American-made flatware until 2007, when a supply issue removed the requirement from the NDAA.

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The SPOONSS Act was first introduced by former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney in 2017. Brindisi worked to include the legislation in the House version of the NDAA and Sen. Charles Schumer ensured the measure was included in the final passage of the defense spending bill, according to a previous announcement from Brindisi’s office.

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