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2012 Olympics: Ralph Lauren's Team USA Uniforms Fire Up Politicians

U.S. Olympic Team Uniforms, Ralph Lauren NBC News TODAY/Peter Kramer

Ralph Lauren's U.S. Olympics uniforms may be red, white, and blue…but they were manufactured in China.

And that has some politicians pretty riled up.

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Several lawmakers are attempting to take Lauren's company to task for the overseas manufacturing controversy, with some even going so far as to introduce a bill to prevent the team from wearing the clothes.

The bill, introduced by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and several of her Democratic Senate colleagues last Friday, would require the U.S. Olympic Committee to "outfit Olympic athletes in ceremonial uniforms sewn or assembled in the United States," according to the Washington Post.

"The pride of our Olympic athletics goes hand in hand with the pride of American innovation and manufacturing," Sen. Gillibrand wrote to committee officials. "We shouldn't be going to the world stage with anything less. From head to toe, Team U.S.A. must be made in America."

And she wasn't the only one. 

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, "I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."

So, what did Lauren have to say about the whole ordeal?

In a statement to E! News, a rep for the brand said, "For more than 45 years Ralph Lauren has built a brand that embodies the best of American quality and design rooted in the rich heritage of our country. We are honored to continue our longstanding relationship with the United States Olympic Committee in the 2014 Olympic Games by serving as an Official Outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States."

"We have committed to producing the Opening and Closing ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games."

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But, while there will be no changes made to this year's uniforms, the brand's commitment to manufacture them in America for the 2014 Winter Olympics seems to have quelled the outrage for now.

"The pride of our Olympic athletics goes hand in hand with the pride of American innovation and manufacturing," Gillibrand said in a statement to ABC News. "While I am disappointed our athletes will not be dressed head to toe in Made in the USA this year, I greatly appreciate the USOC and Ralph Lauren have heard our voices and worked to correct this mistake going forward. I look forward to cheering on Team USA."

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