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Councilman Wants Philadelphia Government To Buy Local

(File photo: Councilman James Kenney at a City Council hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

(File photo: Councilman James Kenney at a City Council hearing. Photo from City of Phila. TV)

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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On tap in City Council: a proposal that would require City Hall to buy ‘Made in America” — at least when the price isn’t way out of line.

Introduced in City Council Thursday was a bill that would change the purchasing practice of Philadelphia city government, so that more American products are selected even if slightly more expensive.

“We have a large amount of money where we spend buying equipment and supplies and building buildings, and cars and trucks and uniforms and all kinds of things,” says the bill’s sponsor, Councilman-at-large Jim Kenney (pictured, right).

Under his bill, American made products would be chosen by the city’s Procurement Department, as long as they are within 5-10% of the cheaper, foreign-made product. And he says brands are not the issue, point of production is.

“For example, Nissan in the United States: 15% of the car is foreign; the rest of it is made in America.”

Kenney’s bill will be debated in committee this spring.

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