Biden signs buy ‘Made in America’ executive order

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United President Joe Biden on January 25 signed an executive order imposing stricter rules for federal agencies to buy “Made in America” products.

“Today we’re getting to work to rebuild the backbone of America: manufacturing, unions, and the middle class,” US President Biden said. “The key plank of ensuring the future will be: Made in America.”

“American manufacturing was the arsenal of democracy in World War Two, and it must be part of the engine of American prosperity now.  That means we are going to use taxpayers’ money to rebuild America.  We’ll buy American products and support American jobs, union jobs,” Biden said.

He noted that the “federal government every year spends approximately $600 billion in government procurement to keep the country going safe and secure.  And there’s a law that’s been on the books for almost a century now: to make sure that that money was spent — taxpayers’ dollars for procurement is spent to support American jobs and American businesses.”

“Today I’m taking the first steps in my larger Build Back Better Recovery Plan that invests in American workers, unions, and businesses up and down the supply chain,” he said. “I’ll be signing an executive order in just a moment, tightening the existing Buy American policies, and go further.  We’re setting clear directives and clear explanations.  We’re going to get to the core issue with a centralized, coordinated effort.”

Under the the executive order,  the position of Director of Made in America at the White House Office of Management and Budget was created. The said office will oversee all-of-government Made in America initiative. 

“That starts with stopping federal agencies from waiving Buy American requirements with impunity, as has been going on,” Biden said. “I’m creating a director of Made in America at the White House Office of Management and Budget who will oversee our all-of-government Made in America initiative.  That starts with stopping federal agencies from waiving Buy American requirements with impunity, as has been going on.”

“We’re going to require that waivers be publicly posted; that is, if someone is seeking a waiver to build this particular vehicle or facility and is going to buy the following foreign parts, that waiver — the request for it — is going to be posted.  Then we’ll work with small American manufacturers and businesses to give them a shot to raise their hand and say, “Yeah, I can do that here in my shop, in my town”,” the US President said.