The “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus act could backfire on U.S. companies


Washington state business leaders are stepping up their warnings that the “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus act could backfire on U.S. companies, particularly now that a group of Canadian municipalities is threatening retaliation.

“It will have a tremendous impact on our state,” said Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s biggest business group. “Many of our products include Canadian and American parts — you can’t just buy a piece of equipment purely made in the U.S. or purely made in Canada.”
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