Visclosky secures Buy American requirements for military

Congressional Steel Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington last year during a hearing of the caucus to discuss the state of the U.S. steel industry. He recently secured a requirement that the Department of Defense buy American-made products, including steel.

Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, again secured a requirement that the Department of Defense only buy certain products that are made in America, including steel.

The House Appropriations Committee approved Visclosky's Buy American amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, which mandates the military only buy American-made steel for armor plate, mooring chains, ball bearings and engine components.

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The administration had been looking to remove Buy America requirements, but Visclosky stressed it was essential at a time when the domestic steel industry has been battered by an unprecedented glut of imports.

"The strength of the American steel industry and the American manufacturing base are essential to the strength of our military forces," Visclosky said.


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