Feb 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is on Monday set to open debate on a nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill containing "Buy American" language that aims to ensure spending on projects funded by the bill would create U.S. jobs.
A bill passed by the House of Representatives last week contained a similar, but less-sweeping provision.
The Obama administration has not yet taken a formal position on the Buy American provisions, viewed by many trading partners as a move toward increased U.S. trade protectionism.
The following are key details of the two bills:
-- The House bill bars the spending of any economic stimulus funds on projects "for the construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron and steel used in the project is produced in the United States."
-- The Senate bill expands the provision to require that "all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project(s) are produced in the United States."
-- Both bills contain language allowing the Buy American provision to be waived if the head of a federal department or agency overseeing a specific project determines that it would be "inconsistent with the public interest."
-- Both bills also allow the provision to be waived if U.S.-made supplies are not available in sufficient quantity or quality, or if requiring U.S.-made goods would boost the cost of the project by more than 25 percent.
-- Projects covered in both bills include airports, bridges, canals, dams, dikes, pipelines, railroads, multiline mass transit systems, roads, tunnels, harbors and piers. (Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Gary Crosse)