Buy American


Resolution 12-11.02

WHEREAS state and local governments and agencies, often through the practice of procuring products and services from private vendors, often select products not produced in the United States and these products are made by cheaper and unregulated labor, in some cases under inhumane work conditions and deficient quality and safety regulations, and

WHEREAS, purchasing products and materials made in other countries hurts our economy, causes losses in manufacturing, sales and marketing jobs, reduces income and sales tax revenues and significantly increases the costs to taxpayers due to the rising trade imbalance and unemployment benefits paid to those who lose their jobs in various sectors of our economy, and

WHEREAS, American businesses and workers produce products and services often at competitive prices with superior quality that directly benefits the United States economy,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges all federal, state and local governmental agencies and departments to adopt and enforce Buy American policies to encourage buying goods that are made in the United States and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party communicate this position to President Obama, Governor Brown, the Democratic members of the Congressional and State legislative delegations, and that the California Democratic Party urges all California Democratic County Central Committees to communicate this position to Democratic elected officials with city, community college, school board and other local agencies within their jurisdiction.

Author: John Vassiliades. Co-Sponsored by: Tony Mendoza, DPOC


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 




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