WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky advanced a Buy America amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations Act. The amendment strikes harmful provisions that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
Specifically, the amendment removed provisions that would have allowed products that were “substantially transformed” in the United State to meet the Buy America requirements. Under the revised provisions, EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund projects must use iron and steel products produced in the United States. The amendment had the support of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, which includes the United Steelworkers, and the American Iron and Steel Institute, which includes ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel.
“We have a responsibility to see that American taxpayer dollars support American jobs,” said Congressman Visclosky. “I am pleased that the Committee approved this Buy America amendment that ensures the use of American iron and steel.”
The amendment was approved by voice vote today during the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations Act. Congressman Visclosky is committed to creating good-paying jobs and investing in America’s infrastructure with American iron and steel.