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President Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Expedite Covid Response

Getty Images The 46th president calls his administration’s plan to tame the pandemic in the U.S. a “wartime effort.” While he was running for president, Joe Biden said the federal government should be using the Defense Production Act (DPA) expansively to ramp up the domestic manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment…

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Buttigieg Reaffirms Support for Infrastructure Investment – and Buy America – During Senate Confirmation Hearing

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that when it comes to projects like infrastructure, “the goal is to make sure as much as possible… is Made in America.” Photo via Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation President Joe Biden’s pick for Transportation Secretary said he also sees “Build Back Better” as critical to…

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It’s the One Year Anniversary of Trump’s Trade Deal With China

President Trump (right) shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing the “Phase 1” trade agreement between the United States and China. Wikimedia Predictions that the agreement would ultimately be a big nothing burger have largely come true. Now attention turns to President-elect Joe Biden. Originally, the Trump administration heralded its trade agreement…

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California’s Budget Plan Is Promising for Jobs, But It Has to Be Done Right

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal includes significant funding for infrastructure projects and clean energy initiatives. But it’s vital that this work happen in California to maximize job creation. Getty Images The Golden State often leads the way when it comes to public policy. Here’s what stands out in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest budget proposal….

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New Report: China’s Solar Companies Use Forced Labor

Solar panels being installed on a rooftop. Getty Images Researchers at Horizon Advisory found forced labor in Xinjiang is likely being utilized by China’s polysilicon industry and related supply chain. Back in 2014, my colleague Brian Lombardozzi authored a four-part series examining what he called “the true cost of Chinese solar panels.” Brian outlined how…