Dems want ‘Buy America’ provisions in highway bill

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“This Buy America bill will ensure U.S. tax dollars are spent here at home on products made by Americans and stamped with Made in the U.S.A. This is a challenge to the Republicans. Adopt our Buy America requirements as part of the surface reauthorization bill.”

Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has said that the highway bill would be at “the core” of the GOP-controlled House’s jobs effort, but his Democratic counterpart, ranking member Nick Rahall (W.Va.), agreed that it was important those jobs were kept in the United States.

“We are no longer buying just cheap trinkets from China — we are literally buying bridges and major transportation infrastructure, while outsourcing innovation and capabilities that could be fostered and strengthened in the U.S.,” Rahall said in a news release. 

“At a time when more than 25 million Americans are unable to find jobs, are only working part-time, or have altogether given up hope of finding a job, it is appalling, offensive, and downright wrong to send our taxpayer dollars to China when they should be invested in U.S. companies here at home rebuilding America. This legislation will put a stop to this practice, help turn our economy around, and start to rebuild a major sector of our economy.”