Buying American is the law

The Toledo Blade

Since the 1930s, Congress has passed a series of laws that requires government agencies to buy American when shopping for material. But too many purchasing agents are exploiting loopholes in those laws so they can buy from foreign suppliers instead.

Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown have co-sponsored a bill that aims to close up those loopholes.

Their Buy Act would create a public database that American manufacturers could consult to check if their goods might be used on federal projects. Government agencies would would have to post information on items they need to purchase before seeking a waiver to existing buy-American laws to buy from foreign companies instead.

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