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Trump executive order extends Buy American policy

February 5, 2019

By not purchasing materials made in the U.S. for projects that receive federal financial assistance, infrastructure contractors reportedly have left as much as $45 billion of sales for American manufacturers on the table, according to the Federal News Network. Each year, the federal government provides $700 billion of financial assistance in some form to more than 40,000 non-federal recipients, Peter Navarro, director of trade and industrial policy at the White House, told reporters in a telephone briefing about the president’s order.

Those who have direct contracts with federal agencies already have to adhere to existing Buy American Act regulations unless the project receives a waiver.

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