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  • Main Title Domestic Content Legislation: The Buy American Act and Complementary Little Buy American Provisions


  • Author: Luckey, John R.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Legislative Attorney


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2012-04-25


  • English


  • Content Description: Congress has broad authority to place conditions on the purchases made by the federal government or with federal dollars. One of many conditions that it has placed on direct government purchases is a requirement that they be produced in the United States. The most well-known of these requirements is the Buy American Act, which is the major domestic preference statute governing procurement by the federal government. This report summarizes (1) the Buy American Act, what it does and does not cover; (2) the Little Buy American Acts found in permanent law, emphasizing what they govern, major exceptions and why Congress felt them necessary in light of the requirements of the Buy American Act; and (3) the temporary Little Buy American provision found in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Physical Description: 19 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Government spending
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Government procurement
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Buy American
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Nontariff trade barriers
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Public contracts
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Trade


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: R42501
  • Accession or Local Control No: R42501_2012Apr25
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc85411
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