WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s expected executive order on Buy America policies. In January, Brown wrote to Trump asking him to make Buy America rules a top priority when in office and introduced Buy America legislation on Trump’s first day in office.
“President Trump promised Ohioans his Administration would put American workers and American products first, and today’s action is one step toward looking for improvements to Buy America,” said Brown. “But reviewing Buy America alone won’t put construction workers back on the job, and until we apply Buy America to all our infrastructure and public works projects, we will allow this business to go to foreign countries at the expense of Ohio taxpayers.
“It’s simple: American tax dollars should go toward American-made steel that supports American jobs. That’s why I’ve asked President Trump to work with me on my legislation to use American steel and iron and American labor to build all taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects. I hope President Trump will follow his review of Buy America policies with firm action that puts our workers on the job rebuilding our infrastructure using products made here in the U.S.”
Brown applauded a part of the expected executive order that takes aim at the H-1B visa program, which Brown has sought to reform so American workers are given a fair shot at a fair wage for jobs before businesses seek to hire foreign workers through the H-1B visa program. Brown is also pleased the executive order will ensure that the entire steel making process must take place in America to be considered “Buy American.”
Brown led the fight last Congress to restore Buy America provisions to the water infrastructure bill that would have permanently changed the law to require the use of American-made iron and steel products in infrastructure projects. While Buy America rules apply to some federal infrastructure programs, many taxpayer-funded projects still lack rules requiring the use of American-made products. Brown’s proposed legislation would ensure Buy America rules apply to all federally-assisted projects.