The bipartisan infrastructure package, agreed by a group of Senate Democrats and nine Republicans would allow federal bureaucrats to bypass “Buy American” requirements for projects funded by the legislation, reported exclusively Breitbart News on Sunday.
Breitbart News reports that the bill allows for a massive carveout by the heads of federal agencies to bypass the federal law that mandates that “all construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.”
Republican Senators that worked on this bill included Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
The bill reads:
The head of a Federal agency that applies a domestic content procurement preference under this section may waive the application of that preference in any case in which the head of the Federal agency finds that:
- applying the domestic content procurement preference would be inconsistent with the public interest;
- types of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of a satisfactory quality; or
- the inclusion of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.
Such waivers issued by federal agency heads to bypass Buy American requirements would only be reviewed every five years, according to the bill, and would have to be justified in the Federal Register with a public comment period of no fewer than 30 days.
Read this exclusive reporting on Breitbart News.