Buy American Requirements

Policymakers periodically push measures intended to limit government contracts to companies that manufacture products made with a certain percentage of domestic content – some proposals have gone as high to require 100 percent. OFII opposes domestic content restrictions because they result in costly and unrealistic new regulations for small businesses and multinational companies whose businesses rely on global supply chains.  This may cause companies to leave the U.S. market, resulting in increased costs being passed along to the U.S. taxpayer.  These restrictions are opposed by a broad coalition of domestic and international companies as well as several trading partners.

Examples of discriminatory domestic content provisions include legislation introduced by Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) (H.R. 949) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) (H.R. 1817).

Resources:

OFII Letter Regarding Contract Ban Legislation, S. 2704 and H.R. 5278, October 204

OFII Letter Regarding Buy America Motion for H.R.4348, May 2012

OFII Letter to Senate Leadership Opposing Buy America Amendment, March 2012

OFII Letter to House Members Opposing Buy America Amendments, February 2012

Coalition Letter Opposing Buy America Provisions in American Jobs Act, October 2011

Coalition Letter Opposing 'Buy America' Provisions in the Assistance, Quality & Affordability Act, July 2010

Dartmouth Economics Professor Warns Chairman Frank about Buy America, February 2009

Coalition Letter to President Obama Opposing Buy America Provisions in Stimulus Bill, February 2009

OFII President's Buy America Letter to the Editor, The Hill Newspaper, February 2009