Another Bipartisan Buy America Bill Surfaces on Capitol Hill

By Matthew McMullan
Apr 14 2021 |
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Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun in the Senate, John Garamendi in the House are sponsoring the Made in America Act.

We’ve got some good news for people who like proposed bipartisan legislation that would expand coverage for the domestic procurement rules that govern federal spending on infrastructure!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin – from Wisconsin, a Democrat – and Sen. Mike Braun – from Indiana, a Republican – have reintroduced the Made in America Act, which would identify “federal programs that fund infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards” and ensure “that materials used in these federal programs are domestically produced.” The bill would also require that the U.S. Department of Commerce, while setting the standards on which construction materials will be considered American-made, to ensure that their manufacturing processes support American jobs.

It has a sponsor in the House, too – Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who is a longtime advocate for domestic manufacturing.

Garamendi has a long record of supporting legislation that would help generate more domestic manufacturing activity and the jobs that go with it, and this isn’t the first time this year that Baldwin and Braun have found themselves cosponsoring legislation like this. They were among a group of senators in January with their names on a bill that would tighten waiver requirements for projects subjected to Buy America rules.

Regarding today’s Made in America Act? It’s good legislation that will create more manufacturing jobs in the United States.

You can find the Senate bill’s text here.