U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure Bill

“By removing my Buy America standard, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are embracing the status-quo in Washington.”

By - Dec 5th, 2016 05:20 pm
Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement on the removal of her ‘Buy America’ reform from the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by Republican House Leadership:

“By removing my Buy America standard, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are embracing the status-quo in Washington. This is a failure by House leadership to make a solid commitment to American manufacturers and workers,” said Senator Baldwin. “American workers should build our infrastructure with American products and taxpayers’ money should not be spent on Chinese or Russian iron and steel. It’s disappointing that the President-elect is sitting silent in Trump Tower.”

Senator Baldwin previously called on President-elect Donald Trump to take a stand against the effort being made by Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans to pull Senator Baldwin’s Buy America provision from the water infrastructure bill that passed the Senate in September.

Last Thursday night in Cincinnati, on the first stop of his “Thank You Tour,” Trump said his infrastructure plan would follow two simple rules: “Buy American and hire American. We’re going to do it ourselves.”

However, on Friday, the media reported that Speaker Ryan was leading a push to remove the Buy America reform from Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Senator Baldwin joined a bipartisan a group of 25 Senators in sending a letter to House and Senate leaders calling for her Buy America provision to be put back into the final bill to support U.S. steel and iron workers and manufacturers.

Senator Baldwin introduced Buy America legislation, the Made in America Water Infrastructure Act, to require American-made iron and steel is used in drinking water projects funded through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Baldwin’s ‘Buy America’ standard had already passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support before Republican House Leadership stripped from the final water infrastructure bill released today.

Senator Baldwin’s reform is supported by the United Steelworkers union and Wisconsin manufacturers in the iron and steel industry supply chain, including Neenah Foundry.

Press Releases by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Cosponsors Legislation to Overhaul Broken VA Appeals Process

VA appeals process has not been updated since 1933, more than 450,000 appeals are currently pending

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces “Buy America” Legislation

Wisconsin manufacturers and workers deserve a solid commitment from Washington on a strong Buy America standard that rewards their hard work

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

TrumpCare Makes It Harder to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Many people in Wisconsin at risk of losing coverage for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, Capito Champion Bipartisan Reform to Improve Palliative and Hospice Care

Bipartisan legislation boosts the health care workforce to help Americans with life-threatening illnesses

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin, Democratic Senators Call TrumpCare Disastrous for Battle Against Opioid Crisis

American Health Care Act would jeopardize coverage for 24 million Americans, including 2.8 million suffering from a substance use disorder

See More Releases

One thought on “U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure Bill”

  1. Adrien Chandler says:

    Thank you for sticking up for the American worker. From a non-constituent across Lake Michigan.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *