HARRISBURG - Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland) today unveiled legislation that would require American-made products to be prioritized when the items are purchased for state government operations.
“Harrisburg spends millions of dollars on products to keep state government running as intended and it is my intent to make certain that American manufacturers have first shot at supplying those products,” Davanzo said. “Why should those dollars go to other countries, when we have a motivated and agile workforce right in our own backyard?”
House Bill 1917
would require the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) to prioritize items produced, manufactured, grown or mined in the United States when going through the procurement process. This will include the purchase of both finished products and raw materials.
Should DGS determine that a particular product is not available in America or not available in America with sufficient quantities, the determination will be made public. An objection can be filed to appeal DGS’ determination.
“Countries like China and India have archaic labor laws and are producing subpar products. Plus, Chinese and Indian employees don’t spend their paychecks at restaurants, barber shops and other small businesses throughout Pennsylvania,” Davanzo said. “When we’re talking about taxpayer dollars, it’s time to stack the deck in favor of American workers.”
Representative Eric Davanzo
58th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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