Pressure to ‘Buy America’ Surging

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
McClatchy Newspapers

To John Garamendi, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge set to open in September is a symbol of failed U.S. trade policy: a $6.3 billion project that used 43,000 tons of Chinese steel and produced thousands of jobs overseas.

... Opponents say that's a surefire way to increase costs for U.S. taxpayers.

"You're going to simply be less efficient – you're going to buy more expensive products than you would if you could buy foreign products," said Dan O'Flaherty, vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council in Washington, a business lobby that promotes global trade.

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