American Exporters in last-ditch attempt to stop Obama raising Trade barriersSubmitted by SIERRAHPBT on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 02:19
From The Times
January 26, 2009
Carl Mortished and Suzy Jagger
A coalition of leading American exporters, including Boeing, Caterpillar and General Electric, is trying to stop a “Buy America” clause being included in President Obama's $825 billion stimulus package.
The American Steel First Act would ensure that only US-made steel was used in $64 billion of federally funded infrastructure projects. The money, earmarked for roads, bridges and waterways, is aimed at kickstarting the economy, but the initiative by steelmakers, which secured support last week in the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, is opposed by American exporters, who fear retaliation by foreign governments.
Their concern is given credence by the European Commission and by Eurofer, the association of European steelmakers, which said that it would urge the European Union to challenge the “Buy America” clause at the World Trade Organisation.
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