Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter introduced a bill that would support American businesses and workers. The Buy America Accountability Act of 2013 would require federal departments to report to Congress on their compliance with the Buy American Act of 1933. The Buy American Act of 1933, which was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt, requires the U.S. government to give preference to U.S. made products when making purchases. Shea-Porter's bill would amend the 1933 bill by requiring all federal and independent agencies to conduct yearly audits to ensure that they are in compliance with the original legislation.
"Our government has a responsibility to support U.S. companies by ensuring compliance with existing legislation that requires the purchase of products made in the U.S.A.," Shea-Porter said. "This bill will support jobs and manufacturing in America."
The Buy American Act of 1933 supports jobs here in America by requiring that the United States government purchase goods made in America, but over time, that legislation has lost its impact due to lax execution and failures on the part of Congress to provide adequate oversight.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter introduced the Buy America Accountability Act of 2013 on the heels of House members today unveiling new Make It In America priorities for the 113th Congress. Make It In America is a comprehensive jobs plan announced three years ago, aimed at revitalizing our manufacturing sector and helping create high-skill, high-wage jobs that won't be outsourced.
Shea-Porter first introduced the Buy America Accountability Act in the 111th Congress. For more information on the Make It In America jobs plan, visit: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/issues/make-it-america.