Last week a group of four Senate Democrats – led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – jointly published an article about “strengthen[ing]” the U.S. Government’s “Buy American policies.” While the senators acknowledged President Trump’s recent efforts to “re-examine the use of . . . Buy American waivers” (see blog post regarding the “Buy American” Executive Order), they also expressed concern that these efforts would “not fundamentally change . . . Buy American policies.”
In other words, both sides of the aisle are targeting “Buy American” reforms.
In their article titled “A Better Deal: Taxpayer Dollars Should be Used to Support & Create American Jobs, Not Ship Them Overseas,” Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) revealed that “Democrats will offer major amendments” to the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) “to protect and strengthen . . . Buy American policies in taxpayer-funded defense contracts.”
The senators argued that “Buy American policies have been diminished by . . . waivers and loopholes that allow foreign firms access to large sums of taxpayer dollars.” In fact, in his September 12, 2017 speech on the Senate floor regarding the motion to proceed on the FY 2018 NDAA (H.R.2810), Senator Schumer declared that these “loopholes . . . have allowed Federal agencies to . . . skirt the spirit of the law.”
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