Press Release: CPA Supports President's Buy American Executive Order

April 18, 2017

Washington~ President Trump will sign today an executive order directing the “systematic review” of Buy American laws at Snap-On, Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The order will examine the so-called “public interest" exemptions government procurement officers use to get around these rules. It will also review whether exemptions granted to allow purchases from foreign companies provide a net benefit to the United States.

"CPA’s manufacturing, agricultural and labor members strongly support tightening Buy American rules, which are riddled with exceptions including those that allow override by trade agreements," said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. "We are pleased that the administration is including consideration of foreign trade cheating practices when non-US providers of goods bid on government contracts.” 

The movement to reform Buy American laws enjoys bipartisan support. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are lead sponsors of CPA endorsed bills to reform our domestic procurement laws to minimize abuse of the “public interest” exemptions that send taxpayer money to overseas suppliers.

CPA has previously urged the Trump Administration to address trade agreements that interfere with longstanding, congressionally approved, Buy American rules. Like other provisions of trade agreements, the result has been harmful to US economic interests.

"A February report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the US likely gives foreign companies more access to our public spending programs than other countries give to US companies,” continued Stumo. “CPA supports withdrawal from a World Trade Organization side agreement that requires us to treat over 40 countries’ products as American made for government buying purposes.  Polls are clear that American taxpayers want their hard earned dollars to be spent on American made goods."

America has underutilized plant capacity and an underutilized labor force. Existing government buying and any future infrastructure spending should benefit US plants and employ US workers. 

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.

Contact: Paola Masman, Media Director 
202-688-5145 ext 2, paola@prosperousamerica.org

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  • Mike Schultz
    Congratulations AGAIN!! We desperately need COOL on beef and pork reinstated for consumers and producers!