H. R. 194
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2013
Ms. Kaptur introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To clarify the applicability of the Buy American Act to products purchased for the use of the legislative branch, to prohibit the application of any of the exceptions to the requirements of such Act to products bearing an official Congressional insignia, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Congressional Made in America Promise
Act of 2013
Applicability of Buy American Act to Legislative Branch; No Exceptions for Products Bearing Official Congressional Insignia
Section 8302 of title 41, United States Code, is amended—
by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and
by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsection:
Clarification of Applicability to Articles, Materials, and Supplies for Use of Legislative Branch
Applicability to legislative branch
Except as provided in paragraph (2), subsection (a) applies with respect to articles, materials, and supplies acquired for the use of any office in the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and the Senate, in the same manner as such subsection applies with respect to articles, materials, and supplies acquired for the use of a department or independent establishment.
Special rule for products bearing official Congressional insignia
In the case of any product which bears an official insignia (including a mark resembling an official seal) of the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, or the United States Congress and which is acquired for the use of an office of the legislative branch, the following shall apply:
The head of the office may not make a determination under subsection (a)(1) that it is inconsistent with the public interest to enter into a contract in accordance with this Act.
The exception under subparagraph (B) of subsection (a)(2) shall not apply.
The exception under subparagraph (C) of subsection (a)(2) shall not apply.
Section 69 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 109) is repealed.
The amendments made by this Act shall take effect upon the expiration of the 180-day period which begins on the date of the enactment of this Act.