U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the bipartisan Invent Here, Make Here for Homeland Security Act to better ensure products invented as a result of funding provided by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) are manufactured in the United States. Generally, these products must be manufactured in the United States, but there are waivers that allow for manufacturing to occur overseas. The legislation would require any waivers to be issued in accordance with the new Buy America reporting requirements passed in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill would also prohibit these taxpayer-funded inventions from being manufactured in foreign countries like China, North Korea, Iran, or Russia.
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