In the latest of a series of executive orders signed since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has again chosen that method as a way to affect policy in the U.S. Unlike some other executive orders that aim to streamline project schedules and cut red tape, however, the “Buy American and Hire American” measure could put more restrictions on the construction industry.
Inside the executive order
The executive order doesn’t change anything just yet. Through the order, Trump calls on all of his administration’s agency heads to:
- Evaluate the implementation and compliance of existing Buy America laws under their jurisdictions
- Take a look at their waiver process and determine how it is affecting American business.
- Come up with additional policies, within the confines of existing law, that “maximize” the use of American-made products and their components, including common construction materials like steel, iron, aluminum and cement.
For purposes of the order, administration officials added that American-made steel means that it is produced in the U.S. from the melting phase forward.
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