Visclosky Includes Buy America Requirements in the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Visclosky successfully included Buy America requirements in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Defense Appropriations Act.
The measure was approved by the House Appropriations Committee and is currently awaiting consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Since Congressman Visclosky became the Ranking Member of House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, he has successfully protected Buy America requirements for the Department of Defense. For FY 2017, the Administration sought to remove certain Buy America requirements, and Congressman Visclosky successfully included the requirements in the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Act. Specifically, Congressman Visclosky included Buy America requirements related to armor plate, mooring chains, ball bearings, certain engine components, as well as an overall general Buy America requirement.
Congressman Visclosky stated, “The strength of the American steel industry and the American manufacturing base are essential to the strength of our military forces. Steel direct from Northwest Indiana is used to build our aircraft carriers deployed around the world. We must continue to do all that we can to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are used to support American jobs and protect American servicemembers.”
For additional information and to access the text of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, please click here.