When the government builds or repairs public infrastructure like highways and bridges, it’s buying in bulk. Federal and state procurement budgets are so big that they create markets of their own – and the rules of those markets can and should make sure public spending promotes economic activity at home. Since 1933, Buy America rules have done exactly that.
Buy America rules prioritize American manufacturers and workers when our government awards procurement contracts. But loopholes make it very easy to spend tax dollars outside of the country. That’s local economic activity generated elsewhere, at a time when every dollar spent on procurement should be an investment in American jobs. We should be expanding Buy America laws and strengthening the ones we already have, which will create millions of good jobs and reinvest taxpayer dollars right back into American communities.
Buy America preferences are popular, common-sense policies.
Buy America Creates Jobs
By giving American companies and workers the first shot at procurement for America’s public works projects, we can instantly boost job creation in the United States. That’s why Buy America works.
Bipartisan National Economic Poll
Voters blame lawmakers for weak job growth and overwhelmingly favor a national jobs strategy.
Infographic: Support for State Buy America Laws
Red, blue, or other, voters back Buy America.
A Tale of Two Bridges
One was built with U.S. workers & supplies. The other one relied on China. The results are stunning.
Buy America Works
This longstanding U.S. policy enhances the job creating effect of government spending.