WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, on Wednesday applauded the Trump administration for registering BuyAmerican.gov as an official U.S. government URL. The website displays information about federal contracts and Buy American waivers, which will help boost transparency and win federal contracts for U.S. manufacturers. In addition to the creation of this URL, Murphy urged the Trump administration to include more information on the website, including information about pending Buy American waivers to give U.S. manufacturers a better chance to compete.
“I’m glad the Trump administration heeded my call to provide a one-stop shop for U.S. manufacturers looking for transparency surrounding our Buy American laws, which will help them win federal contracts. I’ve heard from Connecticut manufacturers that want the chance to compete for federal contracts that have gone to foreign companies. Now, with BuyAmerican.gov, manufacturers have information about Buy American waivers right at their fingertips,” said Murphy. “This new resource is a good first step, and I’ll keep pushing the Trump administration to continue expanding on BuyAmerican.gov, including giving U.S. companies the chance to challenge pending waivers.”
Murphy has been a longtime critic of the loopholes in our current Buy American laws that allow federal agencies to skirt the law and give federal contracts to foreign companies instead of U.S. manufacturers. After a series of meetings and discussions with the White House and a U.S. General Services Administration feasibility report mandated by a Murphy appropriations provision, Murphy successfully convinced the Trump administration to create BuyAmerican.gov based on Murphy and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)’s BuyAmerican.gov Act. Murphy first suggested the BuyAmerican.gov website in a letter he sent to President Trump outlining five executive actions that the president should take to close loopholes in Buy American laws.