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Democrat-penned legislation giving U.S. manufacturers preference in Colorado state contracts died in a Republican-led House committee along party lines this past week. Earlier this month, the Colorado Senate passed the same bill over GOP opposition.
This week's committee vote reflects a trend going on in the state's divided legislature since January in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come together on overarching messages such as putting Americans back to work but can't seem to agree on the details. The resulting gridlock has felled proposal after proposal.
Democrats portrayed the measure as an opportunity to walk the walk on generating jobs while Republicans painted it as a logistical nightmare.
Said committee chairman state Rep. Jim Kerr to the Associated Press: "We live in a global economy when it's almost impossible to buy anything ... that doesn't have a component produced anywhere else in the world."
The "Buy American" preferences, according to Kerr, would have required the expenditure of $200,000 a year on staff to ensure compliance.
Can we all just get along? Alas.
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