President Donald Trump on Jan. 31 signed an executive order asking federal agencies to promote the purchase of American-made materials by contractors working on infrastructure projects that receive federal grants or loans.
Within 90 days, agencies covered by the order must submit their plan as to how they will encourage contractors on such projects to buy domestically-produced products including iron, aluminum, steel and cement. Within 120 days, agencies must also report any “tools, techniques, terms, or conditions” that they have used or believe they should use to promote the agenda outlined in the executive order.
Agency heads were also asked to consider in their reports whether a Buy American mandate on projects that receive federal financial assistance would be feasible.
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