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'Buy American, hire American,' is focus of White House order

Joe Mont | April 19, 2017

"Buy American and hire American" is the message underlying an Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday.

“Rules associated with trade deals and immigration policies unfairly place American companies and workers at a disadvantage,” a statement from the White House said.

The Trump Administration cited a February 2017 report by the Government Accountability Office that suggests the U.S. is not getting its fair share of the global government procurement market through the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement. Data from 2010, the most recent year available, shows that while foreign-owned firms obtained $837 billion in contracts from the U.S. government, American-owned firms received just $381 billion from the next five largest countries with which we have trade agreements.

The Executive Order...

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