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Maine senators push for American made athletic shoes for military

WASHINGTON (WGME) -- When U.S. military service members put their "best foot forward," Maine's senators want to make sure they're doing it with shoes made in America..

Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are sponsoring a plan requiring that service members get U.S. made athletic shoes, such as Maine-made New Balance.

Under a 1941 law, military uniforms must be made in America when possible, but for the past decade, the pentagon has given service members an "allowance" for athletic shoes, instead of providing them.

Maine's senators believe, like the rest of the uniform, those athletic shoes should be put out to bid and required to be made in the U.S.A.

New Balance has factories in Skowhegan, Norway and Norridgewock and is one of five U.S. manufacturers that would qualify if the plan is approved.