Biden Orders Infrastructure Projects Be Constructed with US-Made SteelBiden says the new rule is aimed at stopping companies from shipping jobs overseas: “It takes a federal government that doesn’t just give lip service to buying American but actually takes action.”
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
President Joe Biden is insisting that projects funded by his Bipartisan Infrastructure Lawuse US-made materials for construction. The goal of the requirement is to ramp up domestic manufacturing, which Biden says will reduce supply chain problems, bring down prices, and create jobs that can’t be shipped overseas to China and other countries.
Guidance issued by the Biden administration says that starting May 14, “none of the funds” distributed to federal agencies for infrastructure projects – including everything from highways to broadband internet – can be used “unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.”
Said Biden: “From Day One, every action I’ve taken to rebuild our economy has been guided by one principle: Made in America. It takes a federal government that doesn’t just give lip service to buying American but actually takes action.”
The $700 billion that the government typically spends on goods procurement is already supposed to prioritize American suppliers, but those regulations have often been watered down or dodged. Biden’s new rule is intended to close loopholes and open American factories and assembly lines.
“There are going to be additional opportunities for good jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Celeste Drake, director of the White House’s Made in America office.