Rick Perry Vetoes Bipartisan “Buy American” Bill

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Remember this when Rick Perry announces his 2016 Presidential campaign of errors — he vetoed a bill to support American workers and create American jobs that passed the Texas House and Senate with broad, bipartisan margins.

Perry vetoed the “Buy American” bill, HB 535, which would have established a preference for the purchase of Texas and American manufactured goods by the State of Texas when they are of equal cost and quality to foreign-produced products. It's common sense, and it's a great way to keep our tax revenue in Texas and in America.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, passed the Senate 23-7 and the House, 145-0. That's some pretty broad support.

Despite his nationwide tour trying to lure businesses to Texas, Perry vetoed this bill because it turns out he doesn't actually care about American workers or American jobs.

From the Texas AFL-CIO, emphasis mine:

“Gov. Perry by his veto has undercut the creation and preservation of manufacturing jobs in Texas and the U.S.” [Texas AFL-CIO President Becky] Moeller said. “These jobs are critical to our economic success. Despite the governor's grandstanding in California and Illinois and his rhetoric about jobs, the veto of HB 535 reveals a painful truth: this Governor won't stand up for American jobs or Texas workers.

“We again thank the Legislature for its hard work and the outstanding advances on 'Buy America' issues in this session.”

It's unconscionable. The damn bill — which would have supported American workers and created jobs — passes the house one hundred forty fricking five to zero, and Perry vetoes it!

Clearly Rick Perry cares more about multinational corporations that outsource jobs to developing countries with shoddy labor standards than he does about Texan and American workers. This is craven and petty, even for Rick Perry.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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