US Not Sliding Toward Protectionism: Obama

Law360, New York (August 11, 2009, 7:33 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama is disputing the notion that a provision in the recently passed economic stimulus bill requiring public contractors to buy U.S.-made supplies and products marks a shift toward protectionism in U.S. trade policy.

At a news conference Monday with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper following the three leaders' summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, Obama noted that Harper "raises this with me every time we see each other" and described the Buy American clause as a "particular provision that was in...
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