House and Senate pass highway bill that includes updated Buy America preferences

Posted by scapozzola on 06/29/2012

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) commends the House and Senate for sending a highway bill to the President’s desk. This is an important jobs bill that will get critical infrastructure projects in motion throughout the country.

Passing a major infrastructure investment package has long been a key component of AAM's manufacturing agenda,
and that includes updates to America's highways, bridges, and rail.

AAM is pleased that Congress has recognized the importance of Buy America for the nation's manufacturing companies and their workers. The conference report of the highway bill contains several modest improvements to longstanding Buy America laws, including a provision that will end a segmentation loophole that is sometimes used to avoid utilizing American-made steel, iron, and manufactured goods when building highways and bridges.

The outsourcing of steel to China for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge serves as a glaring example of the need to continue strengthening Buy America.

AAM commends Senators Sherrod Brown (D-O) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for their support of Buy America in the Senate, as well as Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Chip Cravaack (R-MN) in the House.

Read more about Buy America preferences.

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