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Department of Defense Still Not Buying American-Made Sneakers

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New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America. That's in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. More than a year after the announcement, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have still not purchased a single sneaker that meets the exacting standards of the 1941 law. Matthew LeBretton, New Balance's vice president of public affairs, is convinced the delays are deliberate "payback" for companies like New Balance that have been vocally lobbying for the change for years. He said, "We've pushed and pushed to the point where we're at now, and we're still encountering tremendous resistance." LeBretton added, "They're not used to being pushed that way and I think that's engendered this animosity." http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2015-07-03-US--New%20Balance-Military/id-071a1b64b6214b0c9290b784d354b3c5 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com