The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has long said such protectionist legislation has the opposite effect.
"Outside the United States are markets that represent 80 percent of the world's purchasing power, 92 percent of its economic growth, and 95 percent of its consumers," the chamber says on its website.
Not only do such proposals invite retaliation from foreign nations, but they lift the pressure on U.S. companies to compete worldwide.
As for job creation, "If foreign governments lock U.S. companies out of just 1 percent of this total spending, the Chamber estimated net U.S. job loss could surpass 170,000," it said.
Rahall's bill would be bad for this country.
Instead of requiring the use of American-made products in the United States, manufacturers should learn how to compete in China, where demand is growing.