In an effort at bolstering the amount of domestic aluminium and other raw materials, United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to encourage their use in American infrastructure products.
On Thursday, Trump issued the order “Strengthening Buy American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects,” which codifies the administration’s policy of maximizing “the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States, in Federal procurements and through the terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards.”
According to Trump advisor Peter Navarro, the order shores up procurement requirements, allowing for more purchases of domestic materials including aluminium.
“This new executive order directs the head of each executive department and agency administering a covered program to encourage recipients of new federal financial assistance awards to use, to the greatest extent practicable, iron and aluminum as well as, steel, cement, and other manufactured products produced in the United States in every contract, subcontract, purchase order, or sub-award that is chargeable against such federal financial assistance award.”
He continued by noting the wide variety of infrastructure projects covered by the executive order, including bridges, water infrastructure, sewer systems, broadband Internet and cybersecurity, among others.
American raw materials makers greeted the news as a major boost for their fortunes in the coming months and years.
“Strong domestic procurement preferences for federally funded infrastructure projects are vital to the health of the domestic steel industry, and have helped create manufacturing jobs and build American infrastructure,” said the American Iron and Steel Institute’s CEO Thomas Gibson. “This latest executive order builds upon President Trump’s April 2017 executive order on this topic, which resulted in stronger compliance with our domestic procurement laws, including Buy America requirements, and a marked reduction in waivers to those laws. We applaud President Trump for once again affirming his commitment to the fullest possible implementation of our domestic purchasing laws in signing this executive order today.”