Rep. John Garamendi has reintroduced a bill that would require that federal agencies purchase only green technologies made with at least 85 percent American materials.
If passed, House Resolution 1524 also would require that state purchases made with federal funds meet the same standard. The law would be phased in over three years, with 50 percent domestic content required the first year and 60 percent during the second year.
The bill also would set a similar requirement for companies using the investment tax credit and production tax credit.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, touted the plan — which he’s dubbed the “Make It In America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act” — during his re-election campaign.
“During good times and bad, booms and busts, America invests billions of dollars in our infrastructure,” he said in a news release. “We know that clean energy is an absolutely essential part of our future, yet under current law, much of our tax dollars are directly shipped to China, the European Union and other competitors to purchase equipment manufactured abroad.
“Our government is directly offshoring too many American jobs, and that must change. When we’re using our limited tax money, we’d better prioritize American-made goods and equipment.”
The bill has attracted 16 co-sponsors, including one Republican, Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee.