Buy American wins and losses in Texas.
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has vetoed a "Buy American" bill, HB 535. The legislation would have established a preference for the purchase of Texas and American manufactured goods when they are of equal cost and quality to imported goods.
The bill had garnered strong bipartisan support, passing the Texas Senate by 23-7, and the House by 145-0.
However, Gov. Perry did sign into law HB 4, a water development bill containing a strong "Buy American" provision. That legislation establishes a preference for American iron, steel, and manufactured products in contracts for water projects.
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