As American as Apple Pie — But Made Overseas

Posted by TGarland on 07/02/2014

Updated

As the nation prepares fireworks and barbeques for the holiday weekend, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is taking a look at things that should be made in America, but are not.

Infrastructure

More specifically, bridges. The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was built with steel from China, something that will “haunt the new span and the traveling public for generations to come,” according to an investigative report by the Sacramento Bee.

But it seems California isn’t the only state that chose unproven foreign companies over American workers. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently outsourced the $235 million renovation of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to a company in China, despite objections from steel producers and workers.

The United States needs to repair its crumbling infrastructure over the next decade. And with a multi-billion dollar highway trust fund bill up for reauthorization this year, we hope the federal government chooses to invest in America.

By giving U.S. firms and American workers the opportunity to take on these important projects, officials will boost the U.S. economy and avoid many of the problems that impacted the Bay Bridge.

Tell your elected official to buy American and create American jobs.

Energy Independence

The boom in American energy production over the last several years has been credited for creating jobs and enhancing our nation’s security. America’s steel producers have provided the necessary infrastructure (steel pipe and tube) to develop these oil and gas resources in the United States.

But domestic producers of this steel pipe and tube are facing a rapid surge of imports into the U.S. market, primarily from South Korea. Said AAM President Scott Paul:

“We’re exploring natural gas and oil in this country for the promise of energy independence. But if our government doesn’t act, we’ll head down a path of swapping our dependence on foreign oil with a dependence on foreign energy infrastructure.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce is set to issue a ruling on the issue by July 10 that could impact thousands of American steel jobs. Tell your elected official that you are counting on them to ensure America’s energy independence.

Military Equipment and Supplies

The United States’ national security is threatened by our military’s growing reliance on foreign nations for raw materials, parts, and products need to defend the American people.

A 2013 report by Brigadier General John Adams, Remaking American Security, urged Washington to address vulnerabilities in our defense supply chain. Relying on sole-source contracts with foreign suppliers for critical inputs and equipment puts the nation’s military readiness and our soldiers at risk.

Tell your elected official to maintain and expand Buy America preferences for military procurement. 

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