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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-05-09 04:52 PM
Response to Reply #47
72. I couldn't find it, but apparently someone else did.
"Senators, on a voice vote, approved an amendment requiring the Buy American provisions be "applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements ."

"The United States has made commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization to provide trading partners such as Canada , Mexico, Japan and the EU with access to its government procurement market and has received similar commitments in exchange."

"The change gives Canada , Mexico, the European Union and certain other major trading partners some comfort they would be exempted from a strict requirement in the bill that all public works projects funded by the stimulus package use only U.S. -made iron, steel and manufactured goods."

Certainly NAFTA does not require that "US stimulus dollars go to Canada". It only requires that Americans and Canadians be treated equally in the bidding of government procurement contracts (yes, even the stimulus) except in the case of iron and steel used in transportation infrastructure projects which is exempted under the 1982 Buy America Act. It sounds now like even that exemption, based on the quote above, may be removed so that Canada can bid on the iron and steel used in stimulus projects, as well.

I am a lousy treaty reader (so don't ask me to look through it again :) ), but there must be some good ones working in DC, Ottawa and elsewhere, because they found what I couldn't.
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