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제목 Buy American! (CSIS) 기타 2021-04-07



Buy American!

 

 

 

 

 

April 6, 2021

William Alan Reinsch

 

 

 

This week’s column is adapted from testimony I will give to the Canadian Parliament’s Special Committee on the Economic Relationship between Canada and the United States later this week.

 

Policies promoting domestic procurement of goods and services are neither new nor unique to the United States. “Buy domestic” or “buy local” are common slogans in many countries and communities. In the United States, legislation specifying domestic preference for federal government procurement dates to 1933. These slogans have proved politically popular over the years, even though their actual impact was usually less than predicted. Most of these laws have waiver provisions that permit exceptions when there is no domestic availability of the product in question, when the price differential is above a specified threshold, or when the public interest requires it, and some administrations have interpreted those clauses liberally.

 

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