AAM Statement: Biden Administration Releases Interim Build America, Buy America Act Guidance

Washington, D.C. – The Biden administration has issued new interim guidance to federal agencies for how infrastructure projects funded by federal dollars – including the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year – must comply with strengthened Buy America rules that passed as part of the larger bill.

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:

“We’re pleased the Biden-Harris administration is moving Buy America policies forward in a manner that will create more job opportunities for our workers. Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed into law last year, Congress and the administration worked together to expand coverage of Buy America across more programs to more construction materials and manufactured products as we rebuild our nation. The interim guidance issued today is a key milestone in the broadest expansion of Buy America since its inception, fulfilling the overwhelming demand of American taxpayers by closing loopholes and giving more opportunities to American manufacturing across a range of sectors.

“While there is little doubt that agencies, contractors, and recipients will ask for waivers of these new requirements, we are thankful that time limits will be attached, along with increased scrutiny that the Made in America Office will provide. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Buy America leaders in Congress to ensure the law is fully implemented to maximize job opportunities.”