For Immediate Release:
April 12th, 2014
Senator Wielechowski’s “Buy American” Amendment Adopted for Knik Arm Bridge Project
JUNEAU – The Senate today unanimously adopted an amendment offered by Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) requiring that steel, iron and other manufactured products used in the construction of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge be made in the United States.
“Projects of the size and magnitude of the Knik Arm Bridge should purchase and use products made in America. Buy American provisions create jobs and, in the case of a large bridge in Alaska, that means putting Alaskans to work,” said Senator Wielechowski.
The amendment allows waivers for products and materials that are difficult to obtain or would unduly raise the overall cost of the project.
Buy American provisions have existed for over 80 years and were expanded by President Ronald Reagan for highway and transit projects. They were also included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by President Obama.
“At least twenty-one other states have Buy American laws,” added Senator Wielechowski. “They have been shown to work, creating jobs and economic opportunity for many Americans. I’m pleased the Alaska Senate acted today to ensure our public dollars support American jobs.”
For more information, contact Senator Wielechowski at (907) 242-1558.