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    It’s hard to get a feel on where the job-killing, protectionist ”Buy American” provisions now stand after President Obama’s series of media interviews yesterday where he believed the measured needed to be removed because of the potential of ‘going to trigger a trade war.’

    This morning, the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reported such a stance might not be the case.

    A lot of sudden friction among allies of Barack Obama last night when the president told ABC’s Charlie Gibson that the so-called Buy American provisions ought to be cut out of the stimulus bill.  Democratic and labor sources say that the White House will clarify Obama’s remarks today.

    The upshot: Obama doesn’t want to get rid of them entirely; he wants modifications. Remember, Obama campaigned on these provisions, he attacked McCain’s stances on them, and his campaign even printed stickers that said “Buy American, Vote Obama.”

    So — stay tuned

    And staying tuned we are.  Already Representatives are vowing to do all they can to ensure these job-killing provision stay in the bill.

    Lawmakers from steel-producing states insisted on Wednesday that a Buy American provision remain in a huge economic stimulus plan after President Barack Obama said Congress should look at dropping or changing the measure to avoid starting a trade war.

    “If it’s not in, I’m not supporting this package and I’ll bring a lot of votes with me,” House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat, told reporters after a Congressional Steel Caucus hearing.

    Again.  Staying tuned.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    One Response to They're Not Dead Yet

    1. CGSC Student61 says:

      Steel companies have a valid concern and from an outsider looking in; "Buy American" provision is a great idea and should be in the bill. These are hard working Americans who provide a great service to our country. They build the great U.S. infrastructure as it stands today. I expect all they want to do like must American is provide for their families with dignity and honor. Saying that, I would even go a step further and add a provision that also ensured U.S does not buy products abroad, that we could make here in America(Steel for starters). This is why:

      We all know this country is the best in the world. Besides the strong well, pride and personal courage our Americans display, we have many tools in our toolbox to fix the economic issues we face today. With that said; we must look internally within our country and ask ourselves whether or not we are using the right tools and putting Americans first. Major Corporations have the opportunity to relook at the business strategies. Provide job security and stability by not overextending their means. Stay in the U.S., build new facilities that will provide jobs for thousands verses out-sourcing products and services abroad. We all know in some cases labor is cheaper and would make better business since, but one job abroad is one less job here in the U.S. While a perfectly capable Americans sits at home, unemployed. Why? Because it’s all about personal greed!! We need to stop thinking with our pockets and do what is right for the hard working people in our country. We now have a new administration. It’s time to review current bilateral trade policies and draft new ones that allow a win-win situation while maintaining good relations. Let’s provide strict oversight of major corporations to ensure they are using good business practices. Let’s ensure they are making good business decisions that are best for the employees as well as themselves. In summary let’s take the “Buy American” further and really look at American priorities in these tough times. In the end we will prevail and overcome our adversities. Let’s put Americans first.

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