"Buy American" Under Attack From Corporate Offshore
Big corporate America is attacking "Buy American" proposals in the economic stimulus bill that direct some of the over $800 billion in funds towards purchasing U.S.-made products for highway and other transit projects. These multinational corporations – among the nation's worst chronic offshorers – have launched a misleading scare campaign, claiming that Congress' decision to invest our tax dollars in our country violates World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.
Nations – not just the United States, but all nations – should have a right to invest in themselves, spend their tax dollars according to the priorities set by their democratically elected officials, and pursue other public-interest policies.
- Check out our map showing how your state's tax dollars are contributing toward federal procurement
- Find out more on the blog: Read the latest on procurement and the trade deficit on Eyes on Trade
- "Buy American," procurement and trade policy: WTO, NAFTA and 'Free Trade Agreements' Even Meddle in How We Can Spend Our Tax Dollars (February 25, 2013)
- Obama on Buy American policies (February 10, 2009)
- Buy American Brouhaha: What Are the EU and Canada Hollering About? Their WTO Procurement Exceptions Are (Wisely) Much Broader Than U.S. Stimulus Proposal (PDF) (February 5, 2009)
- Lori Wallach on Huffington Post: Roquefort Trade War, Stimulus Buy America Brouhaha Shows WTO Model Broken (February 2, 2009)
- Backgrounder: Companies that Offshored Jobs Attacking "Buy America"/Stimulus on False Grounds (January 29, 2009)
- Public Citizen Releases State-by-State Data on U.S. Tax Dollars that Could Be Offshored via TPP Ban on Buy American Preferences (July 1, 2014)
- Sen. Murphy Leads Group of Senators in Calling for Preservation of "Buy American" Policies in Trade Negotiations (September 21, 2015)
- Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Walter Jones Lead 122 Members of Congress on a Letter Urging Obama to Protect "Buy American" Preferences in TPP (July 30, 2014)
- Rep. Donna Edwards & Rep. Nick Rahall Lead 69 Members of Congress to Urge Obama to Protect "Buy American" Policies in TPP (May 3, 2012)