Stabenow talks ‘buying American’ during stop in GR

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow spent Tuesday afternoon in West Michigan to talk about creating more business for local manufacturers.

The Democratic senator said she has introduced legislation that would require more federal government spending with companies based in the United States.

While talking to workers at Plasan, a Grand Rapids company that makes parts for military and other vehicles, she said there are too many loopholes exist in a decades-old bill that requires such government spending with American businesses and that the accountability has been lax.

She says both come with a big price tag.

“If you look all across the federal government, it adds to $92 billion,” Stabenow said. “What is happening is, ‘Buy American’ was put in place back in 1933, but over the years there have been various exemptions and waivers. Now, we’re at a point where there’s no accountability.”

Stabenow says her “Make it in America Act” would help close these loopholes and put more federal contracts in the hands of American businesses instead of foreign companies.

Hear more from Stabenow on her proposal and other issues for her upcoming re-election campaign on Sunday’s “To The Point.”

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