Murkowski responds to federal flap over state ferry
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, responded to a recent report by the Juneau Empire that says state plans to build a new oceangoing ferry may be being put at risk by federal policies.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that included a provision requiring all steel and iron products for federally funded highway projects be produced in the United States at every stage of the process – even if there is nowhere in the U.S. to produce those products.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports Murkowski said Monday that although she supports the provision, she thinks there needs to be flexibility for projects like this.
It appears that the only way to sidestep the Buy America provision is with a waiver from the head of the Federal Highway Administration, but Trump has yet to hire one.
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