Trump Signs Buy American Hire American Executive Order

By Melanie Arter | April 18, 2017 | 5:34pm EDT
President Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order requiring the government to “aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”

Speaking to a crowd at the Snap-On Tools facility in Kenosha, Wis., Trump said the Buy American, Hire American executive order will protect American workers, because it requires that American projects be made with American goods.


“First, we will fully monitor, uphold and enforce our Buy American laws - which we haven’t done. Buy American laws require that when the federal government buys, builds, or funds a project, domestic goods and products should be used, but over the years these Buy American standards have been gutted by excessive waivers and reckless exemptions,” he said.

“The result has been countless jobs and countless contracts that have been lost to cheap subsidized and low quality foreign goods. With this order, I am directing every single agency in our government to strictly uphold our Buy American laws, to minimize the use of waivers, and to maximize Made in America content in all federal projects,” the president said.

“And for the first time ever, we are going to crack down on foreign bidders that use dumped steel and other subsidized goods to take contracts from workers like you. They take them away, and they’ve been doing it for a long time. Not going to happen anymore. We are finally standing up for our workers and for our companies,” Trump said.

“No longer are we going to allow foreign countries to cheat our producers and our workers out of federal contracts,” the president said. “Everyone in my administration will be expected to enforce every last Buy American provision on behalf of the American worker, and we are going to investigate every single trade deal that undermines these provisions.”

The executive order also protects the jobs and wages of American workers.

“Secondly, we are going to enforce the Hire American rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States. We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first,” Trump said.

“Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for sometimes less pay. This will stop,” he said.

The president also announced that he would reform the H1B visa program to give preference to highly skilled immigrant workers.

“American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses, and today their calls are being answered for the first time. That includes taking the first steps to set in motion a long overdue reform of H1B visas,” the president added.

“Right now, H1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest paid applicants, and they should never ever be used to replace Americans,” Trump said.

“No one can compete with American workers when they are given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades. We’re using every tool at our disposal to restore the American dream,” the president said.

He promised to take a sledgehammer to “wasteful, destructive, job-killing” regulations.

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