Buy American

a photograph of Rob Portman
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state’s two U.S. Senators have teamed up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. They hope to create a digital tool to help on several fronts.

Senator Rob Portman’s “Buy American” bill requires agencies to explain their out-of-country contracts, placing that information on BuyAmerican.Gov.

Portman said this adds public accountability which allows American companies to see what opportunities are out there, and makes federal agencies think twice before seeking a waiver.