Today, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order focusing on his pledge to “buy American and hire American.” The “Buy American” aspect will focus on maximizing 'Made in America' and minimizing waivers and exceptions to “Buy American" laws.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will coordinate an effort across government agencies to root out weak monitoring, enforcement and compliance efforts relating to procurement practices.
The “Hire American” aspect of the executive order addresses the programs that govern the entry of foreign labor in the United States, with the goal of restructuring current practices to grant visas to higher-skilled and higher-paid workers.
This executive order has the potential to impact the frozen food and beverage industry by means of government purchases of food. Particularly, a “Buy American” provision already exists in the National School Lunch Program, and is likely to be enforced at a new level.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) recently introduced H.R. 1241, the American Food for American Schools Act, that would require schools to purchase American foods while providing increased transparency, monitoring and enforcement of the Buy American Act. Rep. LaMalfa’s bill would also notify parents when students are served foreign-sourced food products and would provide such notification on school menus.