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Why Buy American Usually Doesn’t Buy Us Much

By Zane Heflin — January 14, 2021

Biden has laid out his “Build Back Better” economic agenda, which includes implementing new rules to encourage “Buy American” as well as mandates to create products that are “Made in the USA.” But do these policies actually deliver on their promises to spur the U.S. economy and job market?

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 5 million

    manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000

  • 51% of parts

    from the U.S. is the minimum requirement to satisfy the Buy American Act

  • All or virtually all

    parts of a product must originate from the U.S. to earn the "Made in the USA" label

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