February 21, 2009
AAM Action Update
We won an important victory last week when Buy America rules, which require the purchase of U.S. materials for infrastructure projects, were included in the final economic recovery bill signed by President Obama. (Visit our AAM Action page to see your terrific work in communities like Elkhart, IN; Peoria, IL; and Ft. Myers, FL.)
Only massive public support for Buy America (84% of the American people) helped push this through a reluctant Congress. And your voices didn't just help. In this fight, all of you who called and emailed Congress actually made it happen.
But there's more work to do. Believe it or not, we could still be thwarted. There is still well-placed opposition that can block Buy America during the actual implementation phase.
So, step two involves getting Buy America resolutions passed at the State and Local levels to ensure that the promise of the law is fulfilled for American manufacturing. Our Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) field team -- AAM Action-- will be working with local elected officials to ensure that Buy America is strictly enforced.
Now, you need to get involved with your state legislative representatives, and even your city hall. If we don't fight for our jobs and our children's future, who will?
To learn more about Buy America at the state level, click here, or watch our video and download a fact sheet. You can also attend one of the upcoming Town Hall meetings and rallies. To find a meeting near you, click here.
Lastly, we want you to tell us about your efforts. Send us an email. If we publish your email on our blog, we'll send you a limited edition "Keep It Made in America" t-shirt.
Keep fighting the good fight.