Democrats are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support a “Buy America” provision in a waterways bill after GOP leadership stripped the language from the measure last week.
The last-ditch effort to rally support for the language, which would require American iron and steel products be used in projects assisted by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, comes days after Trump promised that his own infrastructure plan would “buy American and hire American.”
“If President-elect Trump is serious about keeping his promise to build a ‘Made in America’ manufacturing economy, he needs to take a stand against this threat from Speaker Ryan and House Republicans,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in a statement. “American workers should build our infrastructure with American products, and taxpayers’ money should not be spent on Chinese iron and steel.”
Committee leaders had almost reached a deal on finalizing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes dozens of water-related infrastructure projects around the country and is expected to contain emergency aid for the lead-contaminated community of Flint, Mich.
But a last-minute sticking point emerged last week when Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dropped the so-called Buy America provision from the bill, sources familiar with the negotiations told The Hill last Thursday. The language was included in the Senate-passed WRDA measure but not in the House version.