Fitzpatrick Calls on President to Buy American
LANGHORNE, PA –Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) has joined a group of lawmakers calling on the president to protect ‘Buy American’ preferences for government purchasing in the face of new international trade agreements that could harm U.S. businesses and workers.
“While international trade and trade agreements are essential to the continued success of the American economy, that trade should not overturn long standing federal rules requiring the government to buy American-made products,” said Fitzpatrick. “American negotiators of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appear to have agreed to treat all products of TPP nations as ‘American’ – undercutting the long standing Buy American measures. That’s unacceptable and the president should step up and prevent it.”
Fitzpatrick notes that the proposed trade agreement terms could result in U.S. tax dollars being invested in manufacturing sectors in other nations, rather than in American-operated businesses. A decision to alter Buy American preferences could disrupt the Buy American Act of 1933 and congressionally-approved purchasing policies.
“It is crucial that you protect the integrity of Buy America preferences. The Buy American requirements have had a key role and lasting impact in creating jobs and bolstering the economy of the United States,” reads the letter sent to President Obama (attached). “Any ‘national treatment’ terms [in the TPP] should not require us to waive long standing Buy American policies…”
Fitzpatrick has championed American manufacturing during his time in Congress, serving as an outspoken voice for Bucks and Montgomery county manufacturers and employees. He has led the push to address the nation’s growing ‘Skills Gap’ with the introduction of the bipartisan Skills Gap Strategy Act and his support for the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which was recently signed into law, overhauling the nation’s job training programs to be more competitive. Additionally, Fitzpatrick introduced the bipartisan Made in America Act which highlights American-made products and incentivize manufacturers to increase domestic production.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.