Yesterday President Trump took aim at fulfilling yet another one of his major campaign promises, which was to curb the flow of H1-B visas that companies use to avoid paying American workers higher wages than their foreign counterparts, when he signed what is being dubbed as his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.
Trump signed the order during a visit to Snap-On, a prominent American manufacturer of high quality tools, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. President Trump said the order was the first phase in taking “bold new steps” toward fulfilling his promise to create more American jobs.
President Trump said, “We are finally standing up for our workers and our companies,” and this would be “a powerful signal to the world” that “finally puts America first.”
The order also mandates that government agencies analyze the implementation of Buy American Laws and ensure compliance with the minimization of the use of H1-B waivers:
Sec. 3. Immediate Enforcement and Assessment of Domestic Preferences According to Buy American Laws. (a) Every agency shall scrupulously monitor, enforce, and comply with Buy American Laws, to the extent they apply, and minimize the use of waivers, consistent with applicable law.
(b) Within 150 days of the date of this order, the heads of all agencies shall:
(i) assess the monitoring of, enforcement of, implementation of, and compliance with Buy American Laws within their agencies;
(ii) assess the use of waivers within their agencies by type and impact on domestic jobs and manufacturing; and
(iii) develop and propose policies for their agencies to ensure that, to the extent permitted by law, Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements maximize the use of materials produced in the United States, including manufactured products; components of manufactured products; and materials such as steel, iron, aluminum, and cement.
Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order was praised by Snap-On CEO Nick Pinchuk when he told Fox News that his employees responded to the order with an overwhelming “Thank you”.
Snap-on CEO Nick Pinchuk said on “Fox & Friends” this morning that his employees’ overwhelming response to the order was, “Thank you.”
He said it’s refreshing to have a commander-in-chief who emphasizes the vital importance of American manufacturing.
Pinchuk said he believes it’s actually the “seminal issue of our time,” because we’re in a global competition for jobs.
He said that cutting regulations and getting tax reform are important, but even more critical is Trump’s “America first” rhetoric.
“If the president says he’s going to emphasize jobs … this is like music to the ears of manufacturers across the country,” Pinchuk said.
“We believe the American strength is rooted in the ability to make things and fix things,” he explained. “And part of the problem today is the respect for those jobs is in eclipse, the respect for the dignity of work is in eclipse.”
The order will undoubtedly be popular with the American working class, a voting bloc that was largely responsible for Trump’s victory in the election, as numerous horror stories have come out in recent years of workers being forced to train their foreign replacements before being laid off in favor of lower wage employees.
Although the mainstream media rarely acknowledges Trump’s fulfilling of his campaign promises, preferring to instead focus on anything they can use to malign the president by criticizing the crowd size at the White House’s Easter Egg roll this weekend, Trump has been making extraordinary efforts in a very short period of time in order to fulfill his “America First” pledge.
Watch the full video of Trump’s speech during his signing of the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order below.