New study examines real impact of  “Buy America”, other public procurement initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015 – The Political Economy Research Institute and Jobs to Move America, a national coalition uniting more than 50 community, faith, labor, and civil rights organizations, will release a new report “Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing Through Public Procurement Policies” December 8. The report comes just after Congress approved the first long-term transportation bill in 10 years, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, on Friday, December 4. The FAST Act aims to increase certain requirements under Buy America rules — but falls short of changes needed to revive American manufacturing, including boosting domestic production, ensuring proper enforcement standards and limiting the widespread use of wavers.

The report will be unveiled on Capitol Hill Tuesday, December 8, where the author will discuss key findings including how significant reforms of the “Buy America” program of the Department of Transportation would strengthen domestic railcar manufacturers and workers in this sector.

Policy highlights and summary:

WHO: Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)      

With remarks from bus and railcar manufacturing workers from across the U.S.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing Room, Room #2167 (200 D Street NW, Washington DC 20024)

About The Political Economy Research Institute
Established in 1998, The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) is an independent unit of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with close ties to the Department of Economics. PERI promotes human and ecological well-being through our original research. Our approach is to translate what we learn into workable policy proposals that are capable of improving life on our planet today and in the future. In the words of the late Professor Robert Heilbroner, we at PERI “strive to make a workable science out of morality.”

About Jobs to Move America
Jobs to Move America is a national coalition uniting more than 50 community, faith, labor, and civil rights organizations to maximize the value of U.S. tax dollars spent on public transit investments. Jobs to Move America is bringing a delegation of 11 transit workers from six states to Washington, D.C. to share their stories of how good jobs in transportation manufacturing are impacting their lives, their families, and their communities.

study cover photo credit: Deanne Fitzmaurice