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Capitol Correspondence - 04.28.17

Trump Signs “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

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On April 18, President Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, which seeks to encourage government agencies and businesses to buy American-made products and hire American labor. In an accompanying press release, the President said that reform was needed, because H-1B visas are routinely abused by companies that are bringing in lower-paid labor to supplant American workers. The Executive Order directs federal agencies to propose reforms to the H-1B program in order to “shift the program back to its original intent and prevent the displacement of American workers.”