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Lipinski introduces bipartisan 'Buy American' bill (May 5, 2019)

The Herald-News

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, reintroduced the BuyAmerican.gov Act, with his colleague, Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, this week to prioritize purchases of American-made goods among federal agencies.

The bill, House Resolution 2472, directs the General Services Administration to establish a website, BuyAmerican.gov, to collect and display information about each request by a federal agency to bypass “Buy American” laws and purchase foreign-made products, according to a news release. Once the law is approved, manufacturers and others will be able to use the site to identify contract opportunities and challenge pending “Buy American” waivers.

“Americans want to see their tax dollars spent domestically to support U.S.-made products,” Lipinski said. “We owe it to them to ensure that is happening, and this bipartisan legislation helps achieve that.”

A recent survey of 1,200 taxpayers commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing found that 80% support Buy American programs, according to the release. In the past five years, federal agencies have spent $34 billion on goods manufactured by foreign firms.

The BuyAmerican.gov Act has not only bipartisan support but also bicameral support with four U.S. senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, introducing companion legislation in their respective chambers last week. Lipinski previously introduced the Buy American Improvement Act in 2017.