Last Tuesday (Apr. 18, 2017) President Trump traveled to the Snap-On Tool manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wis., to sign a previously announced executive order that tasks agencies and contractors with ramping up efforts to “Buy American” and “Hire American.”
Combined with a crackdown on unmerited high-level work visas and unfair trade practices, the order taps procurement specialists to propose contracting reforms to be assembled over 220 days by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to create a “more muscular” Buy American policy, as a senior administration official told reporters Monday.
“It’s time,” Trump told the crowd on Tuesday, for the government to “aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.” The purpose of the order is to require “federal agencies to strictly uphold our Buy American laws and minimize waivers and maximize Made in America content in all federal projects,” he said. “We will fully monitor, uphold and enforce our Buy American laws, which we haven’t done.”
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For more on this topic, also see:
- Trump’s Executive Order Promotes American Tech Workers Instead of Foreign Ones – http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2017/04/trumps-executive-order-promotes-american-tech-workers-instead-foreign-ones/137131
- Federal Contractors Bear Brunt Of ‘Buy American’ Crackdown – https://www.law360.com/publicpolicy/articles/914437/federal-contractors-bear-brunt-of-buy-american-crackdown
- Buy American? Good Luck with That – http://federalnewsradio.com/tom-temin-commentary/2017/04/buy-american-good-luck/