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Donald Trump wants ‘Buy American’ rules in $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Donald Trump wants ‘Buy American’ rules in $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Global New
December 9, 2016 11:58 am
By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

Donald Trump has made clear he wants ‘Buy American‘ rules in the massive infrastructure program he’s planning, launching an ardent defence of domestic-purchase requirements that can cause tensions with other countries – including Canada.

Critics of such buy-American provisions say it not only freezes out foreign competition, but hurts Americans too, by driving up the cost of construction, which means taxpayers get fewer roads and bridges for their buck and fewer construction jobs in the long run.

But the measures have considerable political support and the president-elect strongly suggested, in a speech Thursday night, that he sees them as part of a historic, $1 trillion infrastructure bill he’s urging lawmakers to pass... FULL ARTICLE

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