Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is hopping mad and for good reason. The former co-chair of the Congressional Buy American Caucus is accusing the Pentagon of ignoring Buy American laws, procuring goods overseas when they are available domestically and sacrificing good-paying American jobs by opting for supposedly cheaper imports.
Murphy says that the Pentagon is funding foreign factories to the tune of $160 billion over the last seven years, costing an untold number of American jobs.
Ever since the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 (signed into law by Republican President Herbert Hoover in his last full day in office) all federal agencies are required to purchase at least 50 percent of the product they need from factories in the United States.
They can, however, file a waiver if what they’re looking for isn’t available domestically. The problem is that all too often waivers are filed without actually checking to see if American workers can supply what is needed.
For example, a simple Google search would have revealed a Connecticut company that makes doorknobs and door handles, but the Pentagon wrote a quick “non-availability waiver” and ended up getting what they needed from overseas instead.
Written by ROGER SIMMERMAKER
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