Buy American Executive Order Signed

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by | Jan 26, 2021

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) to strengthen Buy American provisions. The EO establishes a priority at the highest levels to use federal purchasing power to support American manufacturers of all types and sizes, across the country.

The EO establishes a substantial role for the MEP National Network (MEPNN) in the new administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing. Polaris MEP is the MEPNN center for Rhode Island.

The White House statement reads, in part:

“With this order, President Biden is ensuring that when the federal government spends taxpayer dollars they are spent on American made goods by American workers and with American-made component parts. This Executive Order fulfills President Biden’s promise to make Buy American real and close loopholes that allow companies to offshore production and jobs while still qualifying for domestic preferences”


President Biden’s executive action will ensure that the federal government is investing taxpayer dollars in American businesses—both small and large. These investments will help create well-paid, union jobs, and build our economy back better so that everybody has a fair shot at the middle class. They will buy from all of America—including minority entrepreneurs and businesses in every region in our country. And, they will support the manufacturing capabilities and technology needed to build a clean energy future and strengthen our national security, and give our workers and companies the tools they need to compete globally for decades to come.


This executive action is a part of the President’s broader commitment to increase investments in manufacturing industries and workers in order to Build Back Better.”

Read the President’s remarks at the signing of this EO strengthening American manufacturing at


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For information specific to Rhode Island manufacturing and this Executive Order to Buy American, please contact Kathie Mahoney, Polaris MEP Center Director, at

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