In a letter to Congressional leadership and members of the Conference Committee working on reconciliation of Senate and House versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the American Iron and Steel Institute, Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports, Steel Manufacturers Association and the Stainless Steel Industry of North America urged them to “maintain strong Buy America language” in the final stimulus bill “to ensure those funds stimulate our economy by putting our workers back to work.” The letter points out that nearly nine out of 10 Americans support such a provision in the economic stimulus plan, according to a Harris poll.

The letter also notes that Buy America has been part of law since 1982 and simply requires that federally funded transportation projects procure American iron and steel made by American workers if it is readily available, which has never resulted in any trade wars. The letter goes on to state: “An economic recovery package with strong Buy America provisions for infrastructure investment projects will strengthen our nation’s infrastructure, put millions of hard-working Americans back to work and help revitalize the domestic manufacturing sector.”