Donald Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order

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"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", he said.

"The American people voted to end the theft of American prosperity".

The order directs agencies to enforce government rules on excluding foreign contractors from bids for government projects. "Why shouldn't we put American companies first?"

"The department fully supports the U.S. Department of Justice in cautioning employers who petition for H-1B visas not to discriminate against U.S. workers, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse". Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will review how to close loopholes in the current rules and report back to Trump, especially on waivers to the buy-American rules in the nation's trade deals.

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What it does do is say the executive branch will follow the laws already on the books that require the government to buy American goods and to maximize the use of products made in the U.S. This year, 199,000 applications were received, CNN reported.

SIEGEL: Buy American policies have been around for decades.

Tuesday's order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various grant-funded transportation projects.

Trump carried Wisconsin in November by almost 23,000 votes - less than 1 percentage point - making him the first Republican to win the state since 1984.

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"These rules offshore our tax dollars rather than investing them to create jobs and innovation at home", says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a critic of USA trade policy. What can you tell us about that? It can take six months or longer for an application to be reviewed. "Not going to happen anymore".

Founded in Wisconsin in 1920, Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in a variety of industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation. Studies show that for every H-1B position requested, United States technology companies increase their employment by five workers.

"We believe the American strength is rooted in the ability to make things and fix things", he explained.

"We're sending a powerful signal to the world", Trump said during his speech on Tuesday. "That's something we need, and we need it psychologically".

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It is one of the central reasons President Trump won manufacturing-rich states like Wisconsin: his campaign promise to protect and create American jobs. After payment of an additional 1,225 USA dollars in charge, USCIS responds typically in 15 calendar days, whereas standard H-1B petitions may take anywhere between three to six months to receive a judgement.

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