In two new surveys, Americans overwhemingly approve of so-called "Buy American" provisions in the economic renewal package. The provisions require that U.S. tax dollars are spend on U.S.-made products such as steel to help jump-start the economy at home and put people back to work.
According to the Pew Survey released Monday, 70 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Independents say the federal economic recovery plan should require that spending be limited to U.S.-made goods and services. Read more about the Pew Survey here.
Also Monday, a national Harris Interactive poll conducted for the Alliance for American Manufacturing found 84 percent favor “Buy American” requirements (66 percent strongly, 18 percent somewhat). Only 4 percent strongly oppose the requirement and 7 percent somewhat oppose it. The overwhelming support was consistent regardless of gender, age, income level, education, or region. Read more about the AAM poll here.
“Buy American is a good deal for taxpayers and workers,” said AAM Executive Director Scott Paul. “U.S. taxpayers understand the issue at hand. Buy American is longstanding U.S. policy and consistent with our international trade obligations. The Senate should pass economic recovery legislation as soon as possible with Buy American requirements intact and reflect the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
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The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a non-partisan, non-profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S. AAM brings together a select group of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers to promote creative policy solutions on priorities such as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern.