Editors note: Roger Simmermaker is a CPA member. The old Washington consensus on free trade was bipartisan. We are forging a new bipartisan Washington consensus...Read more
Tell the President YES!!
Please sign our letter supporting President Donald J. Trump's July 15, 2019 executive order to increase minimum domestic content in federal purchasing.
CPA believes that our Federal Government should Buy American to:
- Support the Defense Industrial Base
- Revitalize USA Manufacturing
- Enhance Competitiveness
- Strengthen National Security
- Boost Employment
- Buy American!
If you agree, please add your name to our letter here:GOAL: 563 signatures
Dear President Trump:
We are writing to express our strong support for your July 15, 2019 executive order to increase minimum domestic content in federal purchasing to 75 percent under the Buy American Act of 1933. This order will boost domestic industrial capacity, enhance competitiveness, increase employment, and further our national security.
In fiscal year 2019, the federal government executed more than 2.7 million contracts with the private sector that were worth more than $500 billion. Contracts for the Department of Defense alone exceeded $300 billion.
Far too many companies like mine do not have an opportunity to access these federal contracts. And much of this business is farmed out by primary contractors to overseas competitors who benefit from their countries’ subsidies and currency misalignment. Your executive order takes into account the market realities that allow overseas competitors to bid at artificially low rates.
Your proposal to increase the allowed difference in the cost between domestic and imported goods—from 6-12 percent up to a higher 20-30 percent—is extremely welcome and helpful.
For years, the prevailing wisdom in Washington has been to find the lowest-cost contract, no matter the consequences for domestic industry. This has resulted in the offshoring of much of America’s defense industrial base. It has also reduced US military readiness to critical levels.
My company is part of the domestic industrial base that has long formed the backbone of the nation’s “arsenal of democracy.” We strongly urge your administration to move forward with these proposed Buy America rules to ensure 75 percent domestic content, and to close unnecessary loopholes in the regulations, such as for "micro-purchases" and information technology.
cc: The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
The Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director of Office of Management and Budget
Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy
Tomas J. Philipson, Acting Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Larry Kudlow, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
July 23, 2019
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June 13, 2019
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May 28, 2019
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THE First Ever Made in U.S.A. Trade Show
The largest collection of American-made machines and products will be on display at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019
MADE IN AMERICA 2019, solely focusing on U.S. manufacturing and products made in the USA. It will have an audience of consumers, media, industry professionals, government, advocates, all bringing together 800 manufacturers & brands for one common goal: raising awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American manufacturing.
CPA has a special offer for you: RSVP today to attend or exhibit and receive a complimentary three month membership to Coalition for a Prosperous America, no obligations or credit cards needed. Once you RSVP a link to register will be emailed and your membership will automatically commence.WHENOctober 03, 2019 at 5pm - October 07, 2019 at 5pmWHEREIndiana Convention Center