President Joe Biden is taking the first step towards strengthening American manufacturing with an executive order.
“Labor groups on Monday praised a forthcoming executive order by President Joe Biden that is aimed at boosting government purchases from American manufacturers, calling it a good start for the new administration.
Biden plans to sign an order that will put tougher rules on government procurement with the purpose of boosting purchases of made-in-the-U.S. products. The order is part of his “Buy American” campaign pledge to bolster U.S. manufacturing.
“This executive order will close loopholes that allow agencies to sidestep Buy American requirements and increase the thresholds for domestic content,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement. “This order is a good first step in revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, which [President Donald] Trump’s policies failed to do over the past four years,” Trumka said.
The order will modify the rules for the Buy American program, reports the Associated Press, making it harder for contractors to qualify for a waiver and sell foreign-made goods to federal agencies. And it changes rules so that more of a manufactured product’s components must originate from U.S. factories.”
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