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MMC
06-27-2011, 06:52 AM
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A federal judge in April refused Home Depot Inc.'s bid to toss a whistleblower lawsuit Scott and other attorneys filed against the Atlanta-based company. Now the country's largest home improvement retailer is the latest company accused of running afoul of the Buy American Act, a 1933 law aimed at protecting U.S. jobs. The law requires that all materials used in construction of public projects originate in the United States or "designated countries."

Proponents support the act as a way to boost the economy and preserve U.S. jobs. Critics complain the law limits the government's ability to make the best purchase on price and quality. Further, they argue that complying with the letter of the law is difficult, given the many exemptions and the reality that the component parts of many products originate in multiple countries. In addition, the law's critics say it's especially difficult for large companies such as Home Depot that carry thousands of products to ensure it follows the law with every government transaction.

The law has been through many revisions, and trade agreements with Canada, Israel and several other countries allow for use of material made in those countries. In the decades after its enactment, the law was little used. But with the explosion of international trade a number of companies have been accused of violating the Buy American Act over the last several years.

The DOJ continues to investigate the issue and still has not decided whether to join the case.
Thoughts?

spunkloaf
06-27-2011, 10:42 AM
Although I support buying American-made to support our economy at home, it seems it would be anti-productive to enforce such a law.

MMC
06-27-2011, 10:46 AM
Morning Spunk.....why, would you say it would be anti-productive to support this law?