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Biden Visits Pennsylvania to Promote Infrastructure Plan

  • July 29, 2021

In recent years, “Buy American” has become a hollow promise. But my administration is going to make “Buy American” a reality. And I’m putting the weight of the federal government behind that commitment. We’re going to make the biggest enforcement changes to the Buy America Act in 70 years. Right now, if you manufacture a vehicle — I suspect you guys know about that — that gets purchased by the federal government, the law says that, and there’s about 600,000 vehicles the federal government owns by the way, and replaces and buys, that substantially all the vehicle, substantially all should be made in America. But because of loopholes over time, you know what “substantially all” means today? If 55 percent of it was made in America, you can go ahead and get all the rest of it purchased other places. First, 55 percent is not high enough. And second, contractors don’t have to tell us the total domestic content of their products. They just have to tell us that they hit the threshold. Nobody checking. They got a new sheriff in town. We’re going to be checking. [applause] Today, I’m directing the budget office to issue a rule to raise the amount of domestic content required to be considered made in America from 55 percent to 75 percent. [applause] “Substantially all” is going to mean substantially all. And starting with critical products, instead of taking contractors at their word that they’ve hit the threshold, we’re going to start making them give us the details so that we can do more to support American manufacturing.

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