Pappas Applauds Biden Administration’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order

January 25, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the Biden Administration's executive order directing government agencies to strengthen requirements to acquire goods and services from American businesses and workers. Since taking office Rep. Pappas has been a leader in Congress advocating for American manufacturing and Buy American provisions to help strengthen America’s economy and support our workers. 

“Today’s executive order from the Biden administration strengthening Buy American provisions for the federal government is welcome news for American workers and our economy,” said Congressman Chris Pappas. “Across New Hampshire, small businesses and manufacturers have seen significant challenges as a result of the pandemic. While many companies are innovating and rising to meet this moment through the production of materials and equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19, more help is needed. Starting today, that help is on the way. As our economy rebounds, we must adopt smart policies to bolster our domestic economy to create jobs and encourage growth. I have introduced several pieces of legislation to strengthen Buy American requirements, and I will continue to push for legislation to codify the spirit of this executive action into law.’

Pappas introduced H.R. 7841, the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act, which requires the federal government to purchase medical supplies and personal protective equipment from the United States. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase specified medical supplies (including disinfecting wipes and natural fiber products) and personal protective equipment (including surgical masks, face shields, and foot coverings) from products that are 100% grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.

Pappas also co-sponsored H.R. 2083, the Homeland Procurement Reform Act (HOPR Act), which directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure that procurement of certain items, such as body armor and other protective gear, meets specified requirements, including that a fraction of procurement funds be used for items manufactured in part or provided by U.S. small businesses.

Additionally, as part of pandemic relief initiatives in the House, Pappas introduced and worked to pass an amendment that encouraged the Department of Commerce to support manufacturing companies whose supply chains have been disrupted by COVID-19 through the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) program.

Last June, Congressman Pappas announced $400,000 awarded to ARMI in Manchester to create and develop a roadmap to bolster America’s domestic supply chain for vaccines and PPE. And in February, Pappas announced $51 million in federal funds awarded to ARMI to develop portable technology to engineer and produce medications and vaccines.

In December 2019, Pappas supported the bipartisan USMCA trade deal, which took effect in July. Last year, he met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and urged him to address concerns related to exclusivity for biologic drugs, lax labor provisions, and weak environmental protections in an earlier version of the agreement.