FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/11/13) – Looking to ensure taxpayer money is used to support Kentucky and America’s crucial industrial manufacturing and consumer goods industries, newly sworn in State Representative Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville, introduced the “Buy America” bill as his first piece of legislation in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill would require public works projects funded with taxpayer dollars to use American made iron, steel and manufactured goods when they are available.
“Taxpayer dollars should be spent encouraging American jobs,” said Rep. Donohue. “The absolute easiest thing we can do to get more Americans back to work and strengthen our vital manufacturing sector is to make sure that we’re buying American. We need to make sure the hard earned money of Kentuckians is being used, first and foremost, to support jobs right here at home.”
Rep. Donohue, a member of the United Auto Workers, Local 862, was recently elected to his first term in the Kentucky House of Representatives and has made protecting America’s middle class a top priority of his first term in office. His “Buy America” bill has the support of the Alliance of American Manufacturing and he hopes his legislation receive even broader backing.
“For those who want to see a strong, vibrant and resilient manufacturing sector in America, I hope they’ll join me in supporting this bill,” said Donohue. “I look forward to working with my fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to work on not only this legislation, but other initiatives that will support our manufacturing base and keep America strong.”
Information provided by Matt Erwin
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