HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has proposed legislation requiring the Department of Defense to give preference to American manufacturers.
Murphy said Friday that his bill, introduced this week, demands that the department consider the number of U.S. jobs created when deciding whether to purchase goods from an American company versus a foreign firm.
There's been a law on the books for 80 years requiring the federal government to buy at least 50 percent of its products from U.S. manufacturers. But Murphy said military contractors and international suppliers have "built in loophole after loophole." He said sometimes only 20 to 30 percent of purchased products are American.
Kevin Flanagan, owner of Flanagan Industries in Glastonbury, said more than 1,000 Connecticut companies are involved in the aerospace industry and would benefit from the bill.
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