Smithsonian and “Made in America” requirements

An article in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/smithsonians-made-in-america-mandate-not-easy-to-achieve/2011/04/13/AFFA2RqD_story.html?utm_source=eMail_OMNow_utm_medium=eMail_utm_campaign=OMNow__2011422) describes the impact of a “Made in America” requirement, spurred by Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep Nick Rahall, to require the Smithsonian to sell only products made in America in its gift shops. The article describes the impact of this policy on distributors who make some of their products in the US and some in China.  Will the $ 9 million in Smithsonian gift shop sales enable an increase in manufacturing jobs generated by trinket sales ? Can such policies, if mandated across all US government purchasing, enable a rejuvenation of US manufacturing ?  Are such US government restrictions the kind that are appropriate in a global supply chain  ?

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