The new standard proposes that projects funded with the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are to be built using manufactured materials made in the U.S.
According to E&E, while the buy American provisions have generated some pushback, the administration is portraying them as a key to boosting U.S. manufacturing jobs. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) applauded when Biden mentioned the issue, along with some members of the House GOP.
The proposed standards are being developed by the Office of Management and Budget and will replace temporary rules that have been in place since the infrastructure law was enacted. OMB is seeking comments and guidance on how to best define “American made.”