NBC News/ Allan Smith/ January 25, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday aimed at promoting the “Buy American” agenda he campaigned on last year, which seeks to bolster U.S. manufacturing through the federal procurement process.

The executive order directs agencies to strengthen requirements about purchasing products and services from U.S. workers and businesses, cuts some red tape and creates a position in the Office of Management and Budget responsible for enforcing the directive.

The order also reiterates the Biden administration’s support for the Jones Act, which limits foreign maritime shipping between U.S. ports to U.S.-made and -owned vessels.

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