Monday, May 23, 2005

Homeland Security to buy American

The U.S. House has approved legislation to help create jobs in America and preserve the industrial base by requiring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make more than 50 percent of their purchases from companies operating in the United States. The legislation, an amendment to the Homeland Security Authorization Act, was authored by House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL).

The amendment requires more than 50 percent of the components in any end product procured by the Department of Homeland Security to be mined, produced or manufactured inside the United States. The amendment reaffirms the “Buy American Act,” a law passed during the Great Depression to restore America’s industrial base.

House of Representatives Small Business Committee