Buy American

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Buy American Caucus, has introduced the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017 to create American jobs, promote the domestic manufacturing industry, increase transparency and accountability in government procurement, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in the U.S. whenever practicable.

Lipinski’s legislation will help American companies and workers by requiring federal agencies to publicly disclose “Buy American” waivers in the Federal Register and to explain their justification for the waiver.  It will also create a consolidated annual report that lists the total amount and dollar value of all foreign purchases and the number of waivers granted.  This transparency will allow American companies to see where there are opportunities to sell to the federal government and put more Americans to work.

The bill also sets domestic content standards for indirect purchases by U.S. Department of Transportation grantees, ensuring that tax dollars spent on aviation, highway, transit, and rail infrastructure will support U.S. manufacturing and mining jobs, rather than jobs in other countries.  In addition, while “Buy America” has traditionally applied only to transportation projects, Lipinski’s bill would expand these requirements to a number of other federal grant programs.

For more information on Rep. Lipinski's work on this important issue, please click on the links below.