“He believes that we can rebuild American manufacturing and our industrial strength. A large part of it focuses on the idea that when we use taxpayer money to rebuild America,” says the official We buy American and we support American jobs. ”
The order follows others Biden signed last week, providing additional relief to needy Americans, as well as beginning the process of raising the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour for federal contractors and workers.
Gaps in federal procurement
Currently, a patchwork of federal regulations requires that a portion of government spending on such things as infrastructure, vehicles, and other equipment be limited to goods made in the United States. But there are flaws depending on the material, the amount of purchase, and what qualifies as American.
Biden’s executive order will change how household materials are defined and measured for qualified products as well as increase the required range. It will also create a senior position in the Office of Management and Budget to oversee the process by which contractors can apply for an exemption from purchased US regulations, with the goal of reducing the exempted number.
The administration will also create a public website that will post all waiver requests and direct agencies to continually engage with smaller US manufacturers who are often left out of the process.
What happened to boost Trump’s promise
The pace of the epidemic became difficult as the rest of the economy slowed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the sector is still below 543,000 jobs since February 2020.
“Trump talked about buying American and hiring American, but his executive orders didn’t amount to much,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
He said, “Joe is really a ‘Made in America’ president for Biden.”