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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- In response to Biden’s “Buy American” executive order signed this afternoon, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:
“A ‘Buy American’ order has a nice ring to it, but at the end of the day, it's only going to raise the prices of what government buys with American taxpayer dollars at a time when we are already spending trillions we don’t have. Furthermore, this executive order operates under the assumption that America exists in a vacuum. The American economy thrives when trade is free, and there is no reason to believe that this order won’t have repercussions for U.S. global competitiveness during and after the crisis.
“The only thing that Biden’s mandate for federal agencies to buy American products will do is waste Americans’ tax dollars, driving up costs for everyone. We want struggling American companies to get back on their feet and thrive again, but mandated government handouts will force taxpayers to pay even more for endless government projects and further delay our economic recovery. The real economic killer since last March has been lockdowns that caused Americans to lose their livelihoods and companies to lay off employees. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to intrude in the free market and expand the scope of government is an irresponsible and dangerous tactic on the part of the Biden administration.”
In support of free trade, FreedomWorks has opposed similar “Buy American” mandates in the past.