Tuesday, December 06, 2011

You'd think this would be a No-Brainer, even for our No-Brain Congress!

But as we've seen with this bunch of sell-outs and do-nothings, we can't assume anything. So please take a moment to add your name and comments to Congress and let's see if we can't somehow light a fire under their dead asses.

The American Jobs Alliance notes that, "Congress will vote to spend billions of dollars on Transportation and Homeland Security projects this session. This money can put thousands of Americans to work. Two common sense pieces of legislation, The Invest in American Jobs Act of 2011 (HR 3533) and The Berry Amendment Extension Act (HR 679), make certain that we Buy American when we use tax dollars to build and defend the USA."

"Buy American" rules currently require all steel, iron, and manufactured goods in federally funded transportation projects to be produced in the United States. But loopholes allow major components to be purchased abroad.

For example, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is using steel made in China, creating about 3,000 jobs for the Chinese instead of U.S workers. The "Invest in American Jobs Act of 2011," HR 3533, would strengthen Buy America requirements to ensure that American companies and workers benefit when we spend our tax dollars on highways, bridges, public transit, rail, and aviation projects. The steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in these projects should be produced in the United States whenever possible.

For the last 60 years, the Berry Amendment has served our nation well. It requires the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard, which is now within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to Buy American when it purchases a wide range of items.

But the Homeland Security department now says the Berry Amendment doesn't apply to it.
(Cuz they're special!) The "Berry Amendment Extension Act," HR 679, would expand it to cover all agencies within DHS, including the Transportation Security Agency, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

This would be a no-brainer, even for a no-brain congress, if their intention was the rebuilding of America. But that's not the case. Clearly, and this has been typified time and time again, the destruction of America, at least as far as being a free and democratic country, is at the forefront of their agenda.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Obviously our pols are A-okay with creating jobs for the Chinese instead of Americans.

Their real loyalty lies with the investor class, and as long as they're profiting handsomely (which they ARE), then that's all that matters!

Look at their actions, not words to see where their real loyalties lie.

9:39 AM  

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