Keystone XL exempt from 'Buy America'

Andrew Cummings
March 4, 2017

"President Trump has repeatedly vowed to build construction projects with American steel as a way to support manufactures and create jobs here at home-even going as far as making it one of his first signed executive orders", Rep. Pocan said.

"Since this one is already now under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it's hard to go back".

The White House told POLITICO yesterday (March 2) that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not be required to use USA -made steel.

According to the White House, "The Keystone XL Pipeline is now in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipeline".

It was not clear what the White House official meant when she said the project is being constructed.

While the language of the executive order does leave the White House some room to maneuver, allowing Keystone to go ahead without using US steel directly contradicts statements from the president. Keystone, according to the administration, doesn't really count as "new", so American steel is optional.

That statement seemed to contradict what Trump told U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi in a meeting late February, when he said that the U.S. will "put you heavy into the pipeline business because we approved, as you know, the Keystone Pipeline". However, spokesman Terry Cunha pointed out that half the pipe the company purchased in 2012 for Keystone XL was manufactured in the United States, and that 75 per cent originated in North America.

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