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Buy America rule goes into effect

The Buy America provision requires government-funded infrastructure projects to use more American-made goods.

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News from the Office of Senator Tester 

BIG SANDY — Following a push from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Biden Administration recently announced official guidance adopting Tester’s “Buy America” rule to increase the use of American-made goods in government-funded infrastructure projects.

Tester’s “Buy America” rule will require the use of American-made steel, iron and other construction materials in infrastructure projects funded through his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to support the bipartisan infrastructure law and was one of the lead bipartisan negotiators who crafted the package.

“American infrastructure should be built with American-made materials and American jobs – full stop,” said Tester. “My Buy America rule is focused on two things: bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs back to Montana and our country and making sure we remain the world’s leading economic superpower by reducing our reliance on foreign adversaries for goods. Using American-made iron, steel, and construction materials for projects funded by my bipartisan infrastructure law is simply a no-brainer.”

“Montana workers ought to be the first people in line for jobs when it comes to building the infrastructure that will serve as the backbone of our state,” said Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Jason Small. “That’s exactly what Senator Tester’s Buy America provision does: invests in American made goods built by American workers, instead of outsourcing jobs to countries like China. On behalf of Montana’s working families, the Montana AFL-CIO would like to thank Senator Tester for getting this provision included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

The Administration’s newly announced final Buy America guidance will support implementation of Tester’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s statutory requirements that manufactured products, construction materials, and iron and steel used in federally funded infrastructure projects are Made in America.

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