U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders

NICHE HONOR AWARD FOR ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN CRAFT

U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

Sen. Bernard Sanders went looking for gifts for his grandchildren last year in a shop at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and found that the small busts of the U.S. presidents were made in China.

Sanders, for whom American jobs are a major issue, was so outraged he launched a campaign earlier this year to get more “Made in America” items into the museum’s shops. The campaign attracted national attention, and in June, the Museum of American History opened the Price of Freedom Store, in conjunction with an exhibition, selling only American-made products.

For his outspoken efforts for American craft artists, Sen. Sanders was given the first NICHE Honor Award for Advocacy on Behalf of American Craft in July, at the summer Buyers Market in Baltimore, Md.

Sanders has continued his support for American jobs. In a Senate speech in October, he said that while progress was being made to increase American products in Washington gift shops, “much more needs to be done.”

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