Bye Buy America and Jobs
Under TPP, Buy American and other buy-local preferences are banned
The TPP's procurement chapter would require that all firms operating in any signatory country be provided equal access as domestic firms to U.S. government procurement contracts over a certain dollar threshold. To implement this "national treatment" requirement, the U.S. would agree to waive Buy American procurement policies for all of the firms operating in the TPP countries.
Some corporate TPP proponents argue that this is good for America because these rules would apply to all signatory countries, so U.S. firms would be able to bid on procurements contracts in other countries on a national treatment basis. The notion that new access for some U.S. companies to bid on contracts in the TPP countries is a good trade-off for waiving Buy American preferences on U.S. procurement is ridiculous: Taking even the most favorable cut on other countries' markets, the total U.S. procurement market is about twice the size of the combined procurement market of all other TPP negotiating parties: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
- Check out our map showing how your state's tax dollars are contributing toward federal procurement.
Public Citizen Factsheets, Memos & Reports
- TPP Government Procurement Negotiations: Buy American Policy Banned, a Net Loss for the U.S. (July 2013)
- Get all the quick facts on TPP and then spread the word (June 2013)
- How Overreaching "Trade" Pact Rules Can Undermine Buy American Procurement Policies (March 2013)
Public Citizen Press Releases & Statements
- 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)
Members of Congress & Civil Society Organizations Speak Out
- Rep. Donna Edwards & Rep. Nick Rahall Lead 69 Members of Congress to Urge Obama to Protect "Buy American" Policies in TPP (May 3, 2012)