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U.S. Senator Stabenow visits West Michigan announcing Make It In America Act


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited with Grand haven-based R.A. Miller Industries, maker of military antenna systems, where she announced new legislation protecting taxpayer dollars and American made products.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan are introducing the Make It In America Act. It strengthens the 1933 Buy America Act that the Senators say, “gives priority to American companies when the federal government purchases goods. However, the current law has numerous exemptions.”

“These foreign companies that are basically skirting the law, they set up an office or some kind of a shell in the United States and then bid on these contracts and if they win one their products are actually made in another country.”

Senator Stabenow spoke with WGVU by cellphone. She explains the Make It In America Act will close loopholes. “We’re tightening up the law and also going to require that they public report where the contracts are going, how much money is spent overseas, and that they also have to report the impact on American businesses and American workers.”

The Senators point out, “the federal government has awarded over $70 billion in contracts to foreign companies that do not manufacture products here in the United States.”

Stabenow and Peters say this is commonsense legislation protecting the U.S. economy, its workers and national security.

Patrick Center, WGVU News

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.