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Sen. Murphy Reaches Out To Trump On 'Buy American'

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Steve Helber
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in January.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wants President Donald Trump to enforce “Buy American" laws to ensure federal agencies purchase American-made goods when distributing contracts.

Murphy calls it a serious issue, which he highlighted during a recent visit to government contractor Platt Brothers in Waterbury.

“While I was at the company today, the Army notified Platt Brothers that they would be awarding that contract to a European company. That makes no sense. And that contract is worth over $100,000.”

Murphy has sent President Trump a list of potential executive actions he could take to better enforce Buy American laws. Those include a Buy American government watchdog and a government-wide audit of purchases.