Senate Buy America bill introduced: Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) statement

Tue, 08/05/2014

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) today expressed strong support for S.2737, the Invest in American Jobs Act of 2014, introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).  The bill would improve Buy America preferences for federally-funded infrastructure projects by closing loopholes, increasing transparency, and extending coverage across new federal infrastructure programs.

Said AAM President Scott Paul: 

“We commend Sen. Brown for introducing legislation to maximize Buy America coverage on all forms of infrastructure spending.  Our Buy America laws ensure that hard-earned tax dollars support good, quality manufacturing jobs right here at home. Congress knows that voters want their tax dollars spent on American-made goods for infrastructure investment whenever possible.  This Buy America bill is good, common-sense legislation.”

The Invest in American Jobs Act recognizes that, currently, tax dollars spent on certain infrastructure projects are not subject to Buy America preferences. As a result, domestic manufacturers pay taxes and comply with federal standards for clean air, clean water, and plant safety, yet foreign producers get rewarded with business on taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects.

AAM supports Sen. Brown’s push for consistent coverage and transparency in the Buy America waiver process.  The bill allows U.S. workers and companies to comment on any requested waivers before they are granted.

According to polling conducted for AAM, four out of five voters favor spending state and federal tax dollars on American-made goods whenever possible, with 67 percent strongly in favor. Research conducted by the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (PERI) found that maximizing domestic content in public works projects can increase manufacturing job gains by 33 percent.

 

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • TAKE ACTION: America’s steel & aluminum workers need a comprehensive Section 232 action. No loopholes.… https://t.co/w3qd8V7wLj 4 hours 34 min ago
  • Detroit City Distillery, once home to Stroh's Ice Cream & Goebel Brewing Company, is opening its doors for tours. https://t.co/Wu0ebd15uB 6 hours 33 min ago
  • Happening today: @VP Mike Pence will visit a local manufacturer in Northeast Ohio. https://t.co/MwM2FoH8pz 7 hours 4 min ago
  • TAKE ACTION: Tell President Trump to stand up to Russia & China. Safeguard America’s national and economic security… https://t.co/jI0OprniVN 7 hours 33 min ago
  • .@RepLipinski leads bipartisan effort to call for Buy American component in NAFTA renegotiations. https://t.co/BIlXNjMJT7 8 hours 4 min ago
  • ICYMI: California is looking to lead on cutting emissions. Part of that plan involves using American-made steel. https://t.co/rcjNNlwwmf 8 hours 33 min ago
  • TAKE ACTION: Our national security and critical infrastructure depend on Trump keeping his word on this key issue.… https://t.co/IkSpbBFLNl 9 hours 33 min ago
  • Trump is frustrated w/ China, but there's "no consensus on the way forward." https://t.co/bVJNzY9ezb 10 hours 33 min ago
  • ICYMI: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says "broad-scale' measures on steel dumping could be coming. https://t.co/zjkmyWmaus 11 hours 4 min ago
  • The #Carrier job cuts are moving ahead as planned. https://t.co/ilYPz4YSCS 11 hours 17 min ago