Contractors, IT groups lobby against Buy American provisions

Federal contractors, global corporations and technology industry groups are joining in a lobbying effort to quash the “Buy American” provisions in nearly $900 billion economic stimulus package being debated in the Senate.

“The new Buy American provisions of S. 336 are as unnecessary as they are harmful,” several dozen companies and groups stated in a letter dated Feb. 3 and addressed to Senate leaders.

The letter is signed by AT&T, Cisco Systems, IBM Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and groups including the Aerospace Industries Association, Coalition for Government Procurement, and Technology Association of America.

The industry groups believe that Buy American provisions will induce anti-American countermeasures from European and Asian purchasers and hurt the global economy.

“Enacting expansive new Buy American restrictions would invite our international partners to exclude American goods and services from hundreds of billions of dollars of opportunities in their stimulus packages and perhaps to adopt Buy-Local rules or raise other barriers to American goods more broadly across their economies,” the letter states.

“The resulting damage to our export markets and the millions of high-paying American jobs they support would be enormous. Given that millions of American workers directly rely upon U.S. global engagement for their jobs, it is vital for the United States to promote, rather than undermine, global commerce,” the companies wrote.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Sun, Mar 1, 2009 aspiring Tulsa, OK

I would suggest that everyone who may not have already read the childhood story, "The Emporer's New Clothes," do so, right away. I believe, after learning the moral of that story, they will see that "the Emporer" of many of the previous comments on this subject of note, is standing naked before those with the simple wisdom to see. H1b is not our friend. Let us heal our abused American citizenry now, so that we might be able, once again, to care for ourselves, then be able to actually give assistance to those struggling in foreign countries. The "Goose That Laid the Golden Egg" must be nursed back to productivity! Fairy tales can teach us truths.

Thu, Feb 5, 2009

I place SAP contract consultants, there are not enough US Citizen Consultants. All the American SAP Consultants have 8-12 year experience, not nearly enough junior, or mid level (2-7 year) consultants. If we don't allow H1b's, it will all be outsourced. We need to improve training and education to fill this void.

Thu, Feb 5, 2009 American Occupied California

The groups lobbying against buying anything American are our modern day American traitors. Just like the traitors during the American Revolution, who believed in "free trade" were the traitors of that day. The founding fathers of this nation did not believe in free trade. They believed in trade quotas. They believed in trade tariffs. The reason they believed in trade tariffs, is that during their time England was the most powerfull nation in the world along eith several European trading blocks. The founding fathers knew that these elements would flood the market of the New Nation with an uncontrolable amount of cheap goods. You see, unlike the leaders we have today, in the phony Democratic and Republican parties, the Founding Fathers cared for the nationa and the future of the new Americans, many of our ancestors. Any groups that advocate for massive immigration, it doesn't matter if it is legal, and it doesn't mattere how holy their names are, ARE TRAITORS TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY--PERIOD.

Thu, Feb 5, 2009 Ria

President Obama is a huge disappointment in that he does not have a firm handle on globalization. It is almost as if we need an EARTH PRESIDENT who is wll versed in GLOBAL economic issues... The damage that the insourcing H1-B workers from India is doing as well as outsourcing our jobs back to India (& other countries) is not understood at all & is glossed over by everyone in Congress & the Senate. It is time to close the borders while keeping our jobs here for the USA - the American born & bred individual WHO IS qualified to do all jobs available here. It is NOT that we are not educated to do the jobs or that we do not want to do them; corporate America is against the US worker and has been for many years & looks elsewhere to fill jobs with a warm body who is indentured for peanuts. What a slap in the face! Write your senate & congressman; it is very easy. Simply go to senate.gov & house.gov & write them today. Simply posting your opinions here will NOT get them moving out on AMERICA's behalf; hold them accountable by WRITING THEM. Exercise your CIVIC RIGHTS. America is counting on you! Ria

Thu, Feb 5, 2009

Cogress should also kill the H1B program.

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