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Biden will sign executive order aimed at strengthening American manufacturing

January 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Monday aimed at boosting American manufacturing, setting in motion a process to fulfill his campaign pledge to strengthen the federal government's Buy American rules.

Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Monday aimed at boosting American manufacturing, setting in motion a process to fulfill his campaign pledge to strengthen the federal government's Buy American rules.

Similar executive orders signed by former President Donald Trump had little effect because his administration waited to formalize changes until his second to last day in office.

The order follows others Biden signed last week directing additional relief to the neediest Americans, as well as starting the process of raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and workers to $15 an hour.

The President signed 30 orders in his first three days in office, some of them reversing Trump's policies.

It will also create a senior position at the Office of Management and Budget to oversee the process by which contractors can apply for waivers from the Buy American rules, with the goal of reducing the number of waivers granted.

The administration will also create a public website that will post all waiver requests and direct agencies to proactively connect with small American manufacturers that are often left out of the process.

The number of manufacturing jobs grew during the first two years of his administration -- though at roughly the same pace as they did under President Barack Obama -- but then slowed in 2019 after the boost from the Republican-backed tax cuts wore off and as Trump's China tariffs created uncertainty for businesses.

"Trump talked about buying American and hiring American a lot, but his executive orders didn't amount to much at all," said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

Paul said he's eager to see Biden close the loopholes in the current federal procurement process as well as follow through on his campaign promise to purchase $400 billion in American-made goods and materials for infrastructure projects.

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