Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Congressman Visclosky Supports Buy America Amendment to the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Act

Jul 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Late yesterday, Congressman Pete Visclosky supported a Buy America amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Interior Appropriations Act.

The amendment strikes 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 potentially permitted slab and finished iron and steel products that are imported and then substantially transformed to meet Buy America requirements. 

Congressman Visclosky stated, “We cannot allow any weakening of our Buy America requirements.  Should we allow this exemption, we open the door to even more exemptions that would harm both our national economy and our national security.  I will continue to do everything possible to make sure that American taxpayer dollars are used to support projects that use American iron and steel products that are manufactured from start to finish by American workers.”

The amendment was approved by voice vote.  The FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Act, including the Buy America amendment, was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.  The measure is currently awaiting consideration by the full House of Representatives.

For additional information on the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Act, click here.