U.S. Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) with Buy America Amendment Included.

Posted by scapozzola on 05/15/2013

Today, the U.S. Senate passed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation by a vote of 83-14.  Included in the bill was a Buy America amendment on a new financing mechanism for water projects.

The Merkley/Brown amendment #866 included in the legislation would ensure that American-made iron, steel, and manufactured goods are used in projects financed by a new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA) program whenever they are available and competitively priced.

The WRDA bill includes a new financing mechanism to support loan guarantees and low-interest loans for flood control, water supply, waste water, and other projects. Without the Merkley amendment, these projects would be free to use goods from China, India, and other foreign suppliers where U.S. producers do not have reciprocal market access.

Buy America laws establish a procurement preference for goods that are made in America when they are available in a sufficient quality and quantity and are competitively priced in the global marketplace. Buy America preferences include common-sense waivers to alleviate any short-term market limitations when unreasonable cost, limited product availability, or other factors would be an impediment to a project’s completion.
Read full details of the WRDA bill.

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