Trump Signs ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon aimed at changing procurement laws to make it easier to purchase American products in federal contracts.

The president signed the executive order, called “Buy American, Hire American,” during his visit to Kenosha, Wisc., Tuesday.

The “Hire American” portion of the order deals with a lot of the labor issues the president discussed on the campaign trail, like H1B1 visas and illegal immigration.

Right now H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to most skilled and highest paid applicants and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans,” Trump said Tuesday.

The order calls for strict enforcement of labor laws regarding the flow of human capital into the U.S., which the administration believes will result in higher wages and employment rates for American workers. It also calls for federal agencies to crack down on fraud and abuse in our immigration system.

“Buy American” policy is based on maximizing the number of goods that are “Made In America,” while also minimizing the number of exemptions to Buy American laws on the books.

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