Current Buy America proposals in Congress would require a wide variety of “construction materials” such as asphalt cement (asphalt binder) used in federally funded projects to be made in America. Most binder used in the US is already produced in the US. About 12 percent is imported, and 88 percent of that comes from Canada. Those imports would be subject to Buy America restrictions and could not be used in federally funded projects without applying for project-based waivers, which are difficult to obtain. NAPA developed an issue brief to help legislators grasp the very real and negative impacts of these proposals on the asphalt pavement industry and the federal government’s vast investment in infrastructure. NAPA is also assessing the just-released INVEST in America Act, which requires FHWA to issue a rule implementing a requirement to increase domestic content over time based on availability.
June 7, 2021 by NAPA Government Affairs
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