Texas Governor Rick Perry Vetoes “Buy American” Bill


Gov. Rick Perry vetoed House Bill 535, also referred to as the "Buy Texan, Buy American" bill, after it was approved unanimously by the Texas House.

The bill passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 23 to 7 as well, making Perry's veto the only serious stopping force for the bill not becoming law.

In a statement posted to his website, Perry explained the bill's requirements and why he vetoed it:

"House Bill 535 requires state agencies, when purchasing goods, to give preference to goods "manufactured" in Texas. Current law already requires state agencies to give preference to goods produced and grown in Texas. While I support and encourage our agencies to buy goods from Texas businesses, this bill simply does not change current law."

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