Rick Perry Vetoes “Buy American” Bill Approved 145-0 by Texas House
Rare is it that you get true bipartisan support on anything political these days, but that’s exactly what happened a few days ago when the Texas Senate and House sent the “Buy American” bill to Governor Rick Perry’s desk.
Passing the Senate by a vote of 23-7 and the House 145-0
, the Texas legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill meant to give preference to American-made goods for purchase by the State of Texas when they are of equal cost and quality to foreign-made products.
In other words, if an American-made product and foreign-made product are of equal quality and cost, when the state is purchasing a good or service, the state would always give preference to the American-made product or service.
You really can’t be shocked by his behavior. After all, what did conservatives expect? This is a man who publicly slammed the 2009 stimulus bill, while privately using money from that very same stimulus to balance his state’s budget.
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Despite his nationwide tour trying to lure businesses to Texas, Perry vetoed this bill because it turns out he doesn't actually care about American workers or American jobs.
Clearly Rick Perry cares more about multinational corporations that outsource jobs to developing countries with shoddy labor standards than he does about Texan and American workers. This is craven and petty, even for Rick Perry.
Texas AFL-CIO - Perry Veto of 'Buy Texan, Buy American' Bill Shows He Will Not Stand Up for American Jobs (external - login to view)