U.S. Trade Deals Limit Choices in Government Purchasing

June 12, 2014

Government purchasing, which is anything the government might buy from computers, iron, pipes and furniture to services like construction and janitorial contracts, should be used as a tool to promote job creation, wage growth and a cleaner environment for working people.  This is especially important given the threat of climate change and the staggering inequality in the U.S. economy.  But because today’s trade deals (from the World Trade Organization [WTO] to various Free Trade Agreements [FTAs]) restrict government choices about how to purchase goods and services, the opportunities to use government purchasing (also known as procurement) in this way are limited. 

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