When American workers get the first shot at supplying the steel needed for a bridge project or battlefield equipment for our troops, they’re always up to the challenge. And since 1933, Buy America laws have ensured that at least some of our hard-earned tax dollars are reinvested in the U.S. economy.
But loopholes in these laws mean that some tax dollars go to foreign goods – leaving U.S. workers out in the cold. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, for example, ducked Buy America laws, using foreign steel instead – and created 3,000 jobs. In China.
Fortunately, Congress – backed by bipartisan support from voters – is working to improve Buy America laws. Dozens of states are considering similar legislation. And more consumers are reading the labels on the goods they purchase. That’s Buying America.
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.