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The Senate version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) includes a strong Buy America provision, but some House members are opposed. The WRDA funds the construction and repair of water resources infrastructure. There is no reason US taxpayer dollars should be spend on foreign goods and services.
The Coalition for a Prosperous America is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members.
November 30, 2016
Re: In Support of Buy America provisions, Water Resources Development Act
Dear Chairmen Upton and Shuster, and Ranking Members Pallone and DeFazio:
The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) strongly urges you to ensure that the Buy America provisions that are included in section 7117 of the Senate Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) are included in the final WRDA package.
CPA represents over 2.5 million households through our company, agricultural and labor organization members. We represent people and businesses that make and grow things in the US for both domestic and overseas markets. Buy America is very important to our members and the economy.
Taxpayers want their tax dollars spent on USA-made products and services. President-elect Trump is strongly in favor of Buy America as are many House members in each party.
The issue is more than patriotic, it is vital for economic growth. We have an oversupply of plant capacity and labor in this country that can and should be soaked up by domestic procurement funds, whether it is a “stimulus” package or general government consumption. The eminent economist Dr. Lance Taylor recently released a working paper* showing how overseas leakage of US procurement funds harms our economic growth because it reduces aggregate demand for US products. Overseas leakage of both private and public spending is the biggest harm he found to our economic growth.
WRDA should include consistent Buy America application across water programs such as the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) and Clean water SRF. We have seen the past positive effects after the Clean water SRF in that some steel industry facilities substantially increased their capacity utilization (from 25% to 70%) and added shifts to meet the new demand. The Senate WRDA language righty ensures that US melted and poured steel will be used in domestic infrastructure projects.
Thank you for considering our request to preserve Buy America provisions in the WRDA.
Michael Stumo, CEO
* Lance Taylor, The “Natural” Interest Rate and Secular Stagnation: Loanable Funds Macro Models Don’t Fit the Data, Working Paper, 10/4/16