This week, Congressman Pete Visclosky, Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, introduced in the 112th Congress the American Steel First Act of 2011, legislation that would require the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security to use only American-made iron and steel in their projects.
“Steel is at the heart of the economy in Northwest Indiana and a critical component of American industry. During these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever for the federal government to reject unfair and inferior imports from countries like China and uphold American manufacturing,” Visclosky said. “This measure can help make sure that American-made materials are used to put Americans to work and power our nation’s economic recovery.”
Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), current Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, joined Visclosky and cosponsored this measure.
The American Steel First Act is intended to support domestic steel producers and address the public safety threat posed by substandard steel imports. The measure would require the Departments of Transportation, Defense, and Homeland Security to use only iron and steel produced in the United States for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair, of roads, airports, harbors, tanks, ships, and other projects related to our nation’s defense and infrastructure.
Visclosky has a history of authoring successful Buy America provisions, including a Buy America amendment that was passed with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Visclosky submitted the legislation on Tuesday to the clerk of the House, who will soon assign a bill number. The Speaker of the House will then refer the bill to the relevant committee.