U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is supporting a Buy America amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Interior Appropriations Act.
That amendment would strike provisions “that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by Visclosky’s office. “Specifically, the amendment removed provisions that would have potentially permitted slab and finished iron and steel products that are imported and then substantially transformed to meet Buy America requirements.”
“We cannot allow any weakening of our Buy America requirements,” Visclosky said. “Should we allow this exemption, we open the door to even more exemptions that would harm both our national economy and our national security. I will continue to do everything possible to make sure that American taxpayer dollars are used to support projects that use American iron and steel products that are manufactured from start to finish by American workers.”
The amendment was approved by voice vote, while the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Act, including the Buy America amendment, was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The measure is currently awaiting consideration by the full House of Representatives.