Biden: ‘Buy American’ must include Black and Brown communities, Native American and small businesses

Written by on July 29, 2021

Biden: ‘Buy American’ must include Black and Brown communities, Native American and small businesses

By Tyler Pratt
July 29, 2021

President Joe Biden speaking at the Mack Trucks facility in Lower Macungie on July 28, 2021. Photo | Tyler Pratt/ WLVR

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. – President Biden visited the Lehigh Valley on July 28, and at a Mack Trucks facility in Lower Macungie Township he announced his plan to increase American-made manufacturing and critical products as he promoted his “Buy America” initiative

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“It’s supposed to make sure that when your government spends your tax dollars in buying goods that they have to be built, purchased in America,” Biden said.  

The Buy America law, enacted in 1933, requires federal agencies to buy domestic materials and products. But President Biden said that American companies have been allowed to use overseas production. 

“That American company is going to have a subsidiary where non-Americans don’t work, where labor is much cheaper and they can make more money,” Biden said.  

Biden wants to increase scrutiny on those companies, he said, up the percentage of U.S-made products to 75% and diversify who gets government contracts. 

We’re going to include communities that have been historically left out of government procurement. More contracts are going to go to Black and Brown communities, Native American, small businesses,” he said.  

Inside the sprawling Mack Truck warehouse, he promoted investing tens of billions of dollars in critical products, mentioning a worldwide shortage of semiconductors stalled the auto industry as an example. 

“Right here. You’ve seen production slow, your hours cut,” Biden said. 

Biden spoke to 130 guests, including local union officials.

Former Lehigh Valley Republican Congressman Charlie Dent said the visit has significant implications for the region.

“It clearly signifies that the Lehigh Valley is an important area politically, not just within Pennsylvania, but within the country,” Dent said.

Dent, who served as a congressman for the state’s 15th Congressional District, endorsed Biden in the presidential election.  

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