Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that seeks to create American jobs, promote domestic manufacturing, increase transparency and accountability in government procurement, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in the U.S. whenever practicable.  SMA is one of several organizations that has endorsed the legislation, and SMA President Phil Bell also provided supportive comments at the introductory press conference.

Said Mr. Bell:

Buy America measures create jobs by ensuring that infrastructure projects utilize steel that is made entirely in the United States.  By using steel that is melted and poured here, we help ensure that the full benefit of federal taxpayer dollars is realized through infrastructure investment.  As such, our organization is pleased to support Congressman Lipinski’s efforts to maintain, strengthen, and enforce Buy America provisions.”