Buy American–it’s a place where politicians on both sides of the aisle can find common ground.
During his address to Congress last week, President Biden followed in Trump’s footsteps by promoting American-made. His first order of business was the American Jobs Plan–a plan focused on modernizing America’s infrastructure while creating jobs.
“The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100 percent of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines so every American can drink clean water,” he said. “We have the brightest, best-trained people in the world. The American Jobs Plan is going to create millions of good-paying jobs, jobs Americans can raise a family on. As my dad would then say, with a little breathing room. And all the investments in the American Jobs Plan will be guided by one principle: Buy American. Buy American.”
While the offshoring movement moved blue-collar manufacturing and trade jobs overseas, many Americans were left unemployed. Today, many higher-paying positions require an undergraduate college degree which leaves a large portion of the American people in the dark.
“Now, I know some of you at home are wondering whether these jobs are for you. So many of you, so many of the folks I grew up with, feel left behind, forgotten, in an economy that’s so rapidly changing. It’s frightening. I want to speak directly to you because you think about it, that’s what people are most worried about: Can I fit in?
Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come. It is a — it is an eight-year program. These are good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced.
Nearly 90 percent of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. 75 percent don’t require an associate’s degree.
The American Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America. That’s what it is.”
Along with creating jobs in infrastructure, the plan highlights the need to create vital supplies and medicine domestically instead of importing from China. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed issues throughout the global supply chain and has motivated countries all over the globe to stop relying on China for essential goods. Currently, the U.S. is experiencing shortages in several industries, including plastic and computer chips.
“We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future — advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy,” he said.
“Investments in jobs and infrastructure like the ones we’re talking about, have often had bipartisan support in the past…So let’s get to work. I wanted to layout before Congress my plan before we got into the deep discussions. I’d like to meet with those who have ideas that are different, they think are better. I welcome those ideas. But the rest of the world is not waiting for us. I just want to be clear. From my perspective, doing nothing is not an option.”