Bustos introduces bill to revitalize American manufacturing

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), along with other members of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced The Invest In American Jobs Act Of 2013. This bill would create American jobs and revitalize American manufacturing by strengthening the Buy America requirements for transportation and infrastructure projects.

“I’m proud to help introduce a bill that would create jobs here in America and make sure our roads, bridges, tunnels and rail lines are stamped ‘Made in the USA,’ said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “For far too long, American workers have seen their jobs shipped overseas to countries like China. This bill will make sure that the rebuilding of our transportation networks and infrastructure is through the hard work of American workers in places like the Quad Cities, Peoria, Rockford and elsewhere across Illinois.”

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 of the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in these projects is produced in the United States;

Increases domestic content requirements for public transit rolling stock and Federally procured aviation facilities and equipment, from 60 percent under current law to 100 percent by FY 2017;

Applies Buy America requirements to other transportation and infrastructure investment where such requirements do not exist in current law, 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 of and an opportunity to comment on any proposed waiver prior to it taking effect.