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Smithsonian Opening ‘Made in America’ Store This Week

Dynamic Graphics/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- This spring, ABC News kicked off its “Made in America” series with a startling report revealing that it’s almost impossible to buy an American-made souvenir at some of the nation’s highest-profile museums, including those in Washington operated by the Smithsonian Institution.

As part of that series, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., promised to press the Smithsonian to sell American-made products.

This week, he’s getting results: the Smithsonian is opening a new gift shop at the National Museum of American History that will feature exclusively American-made products.

“They are making some progress,” Sanders told ABC’s Top Line webcast Tuesday. “I was very upset in visiting the Smithsonian, and I love the Smithsonians -- they're great museums. Hope everybody visits them. But their gift shops were selling in very strong number products made in China and other countries.

“They are making some progress in getting American vendors to start selling to the Smithsonian. We've got a lot more work ahead of us, but I think we are making progress.”

World News will be with Sanders for the opening of the new “Price of Freedom” gift store Wednesday, as the “Made in America” series continues.

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