Saturday, April 20, 2024

America First: House Bill to Make All Flowers at Government Buildings Grown in the United States


Should all flowers at federal government buildings come from the US only?

A bill hitting the House of Representative this week, offered by Democrats and Republicans, says just that.

Jill Brooke reports exclusively at FlowerPowerDaily that two legislators from Alaska, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK), are supporing the American Grown Act, aka HR 3019.

Brooke writes: “The bill will hopefully create a shift in thinking and raise awareness to help American flower growers, who in recent years are creating extraordinary blooms ranging from lilacs in Maine, dahlias in Michigan or Zinnias from Texas.”

Brooke says “Part  of the reason that South America in particular has had an advantage is because of U.S. policy worrying about the threat of communism and then later drug trafficking. In. 1961, the U.S. Agency for International Development helped Columbia’s flower industry prosper, and thirty years later, Congress offered duty-free access to flowers from Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Columbia to motivate farmers to cultivate legal crops.”



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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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