Senator Sherman Champions Legislation to Support American Made Materials

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email:marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted Ought to Pass on SB 438, Senator Tom Sherman’s (D-Rye) bill to establish the requirement, as well as waiver and fraud processes, for the use of American made steel products in all public works projects where the state administers the contract and the contract involves at least $1,000,000 state dollars.


After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statement:


“One critical lesson we have learned throughout the COVID-19 crisis is the true cost of outsourcing manufacturing. Whether it is PPE, plexiglass, ventilators, or other products essential to protecting the health of Americans during the pandemic, lack of availability within the United States created significant barriers to access during this crisis. SB 438 addresses that problem head-on within our manufacturing sector. Supporting American steel manufacturing and New Hampshire’s own steel fabrication companies ensures that there will be high-quality production on American soil, supports local job growth with excellent wages and benefits, and represents a direct investment in our own businesses and economy. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support and look forward to bringing this bill before the House.”


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