"I am a wholehearted supporter of the Invest in American Jobs Act of 2011. I strongly believe that it is of utmost importance that Congress does everything possible to create and maintain well paying jobs here in the United States. As I always say, for every $1 billion invested in our nation's transportation and infrastructure system, 44,000 well paying jobs, which cannot be exported, are created for American workers!
The bill would also strengthen Buy America requirements for investments in transportation and infrastructure to put Americans back to work. It also ensures that all of steel, iron, and manufactured goods used to construct these projects, which are financed by U.S. taxpayers, are produced in the United States.
Specifically, the bill:
Strengthens existing Buy America requirements for investments in highway, bridge, public transit, rail, and aviation infrastructure and equipment to ensure that all steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in these projects is produced in the United States;
Applies Buy America requirements to other transportation and infrastructure investment, including rail infrastructure grants, loans, and loan guarantees, Clean Water State Revolving Fund grants, and Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants; and
Requires Federal agencies to justify any proposed waiver of the Buy America requirements and ensures that the American public has notice and an opportunity to comment on any proposed waiver prior to it taking effect.
And as the Ranking Member on the Railroad Subcommittee a huge proponent of rail, the bill eliminates Amtrak's exemption from Buy America requirements for capital projects that cost less than $1 million. It also eliminates a similar exemption for high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects that cost less than $100,000, and ensures that Amtrak and other passenger rail capital projects and rolling stock procurements cannot be segmented to evade Buy America requirements."