'Buy American' - Additional Resources/Links

Reject 'Buy American' Rules - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in May 2015 published this issue brief on the potentially damaging effects of local content requirements, including recommendations to lift existing "Buy American" mandates and reject such language in future legislation.

AWWA Letter to Congress - The American Water Works Association (AWWA) in June 2015 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee warning that the inclusion of American iron and steel provisions in funding legislation, "by excluding many American manufacturers of water pipe and other commonly used products, could make water infrastructure improvements more costly."

Trade Action — or Inaction: The Cost for American Workers and Companies - This 2009 study conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce concluded that, "If foreign governments impose their own 'buy national' requirements on public purchases that lock U.S. goods and services providers out of even just 1 percent of [their] total spending, the net U.S. job impact could climb to a loss of 176,762."

A Construction Contractor's Guide to the 'Buy American' Rules and Regulations - This 11-page report from the Associated General Contractors of America and Fox Rothschild LLP addresses the key requirements of "Buy American" restrictions and provides guidance to construction contractors on best practices for ensuring compliance.

AGC Policy: Repeal Recent Changes and Oppose Expansion of the Buy American Act - The Associated General Contractors of America's policy and message regarding "Buy American."

AGC Letter to Congress - The Associated General Contractors of America in June 2015 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee stating that "The current application of the American Iron and Steel provision for water infrastructure ... forces contractors to either maintain two separate supply chains (one for projects covered by the requirement and one for those that are not) or to abandon long-held relationships with their suppliers.... This is significantly detrimental to those companies and the jobs they represent, many of whom are U.S. companies making U.S. products."

Congress Needs to Repeal "Buy America" Law - The Competitive Enterprise Institute in July 2014 published a policy paper warning that "Communities will pay excessively high prices for water infrastructure upgrades during the coming decades" due to "Buy American" funding provisions.