Luther Turmelle
New Haven Register
February 1, 2012

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5, is taking Transportation Security Administration officials to task for buying bracelets commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks from a Chinese company.

In a letter sent to TSA Administrator John Pistole on Tuesday, Murphy called on agency officials to explain the legal authority by which the contract was awarded. Murphy is co-chairman and founder of the congressional Buy American Caucus.

“I was frustrated to learn that your agency recently purchased 70,000 bracelets commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attacks that were made in China,” Murphy wrote to Pistole. “These bracelets cost U.S. taxpayers $17,500, and was another poor decision in a long line of contracting awards throughout the federal government that have cost American jobs and sent American tax dollars to manufacturers overseas. While your goal of commemorating the tragic events of that day is one we all share as Americans, this purchase could have, and should have, been done in a way that supports American jobs.”

TSA officials weren’t immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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