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Biden tightens 'Buy American' rules with executive order

President slams Trump but maintains inward focus ahead of procurement drive

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to strengthen American manufacturing at the White House.

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday to tighten "Buy American" requirements in federal government procurement, a first step to fulfilling his campaign promise to bolster the country's manufacturing sector.

The Biden administration aims to make it harder for government agencies to purchase foreign products, raise the percentage of local content and use metrics such as job creation in the definition of U.S.-made. It also wants to extend the provisions to information technology -- which is currently exempt -- pending a review.

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