Snap Fact #185
President Obama's "Stimulus" Act Included A "Buy American" Restriction To Promote U.S. Job Growth!
When we hear terms like "ObamaCare" and "Stimulus Package" coming from the right wing, and we don't educate ourselves to the details of the actual programs, we become the victims of cleaver framing that is meant to sway our minds by filling us with simplistic slogans that divert our attention from the actual facts. Today's SNAP-CAP is an example of one successful component of the many that have gotten lost in the rhetoric about the Stimulus Package".
In February, 2009 President Obama signed into law The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) . The Act includes the "Buy American" restriction requiring that projects receiving ARRA funding purchase American-made goods wherever possible. There are several unavoidable exceptions to the Buy American restriction. They are all necessary because of either existing international agreements or just good common sense. This
preference for goods produced in the United States helps the American worker by saving and creating jobs. It specifically states that, regarding ARRA funded jobs, all steel, iron, and manufactured goods used as construction material in the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or a public work must be produced or manufactured in the United States
On her Sept. 23, 2011, Diane Sawyer broadcast, ABC News reported on bridge repair contracts going to Chinese firms in three states: Alaska, New York and California. The report gave details on one project — a $7.2 billion repair of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. ABC News explained how and why the Chinese firm wound up with the contract, beginning with a decision by the California transportation department (CalTrans) not to accept federal ARRA funds for the project. ABC News interviewed a CalTrans official who said the Chinese firm could provide the fabricated bridge decks more quickly because U.S. firms don’t have enough welders.