(April 15) – In the face of another round of steel industry layoffs in Pueblo, Reps. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa, sponsored a resolution this morning to push the state to prioritize the purchase of Colorado goods and services.

“As a granddaughter of two steelworkers, I am proud to introduce this resolution and proud to stand with Pueblo steelworkers—retired, working, and especially the laid off,” said Rep. Esgar to her colleagues on the House floor. “This steel crisis is part of a larger narrative, one where hard-working people are losing out because we are not buying American. Solving this crisis requires a conscious commitment by this body to buy American. American steel has a historical legacy, and how lucky are we that so much of this history happens to be in Pueblo, the Steel City.”

“I hope that this encourages us to be more cognizant and aware of what we buy and where we buy it from because it’s really important for us to keep our Colorado economy alive by supporting these businesses,” said Rep. Vigil on the House floor.

HJ16-1018, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, encourages the purchase of goods and services from Colorado-based companies, farmers, and workers. If goods and services are not available from Colorado, the state is encouraged to purchase from U.S.-based companies, farmers, and workers over goods and services from foreign countries.

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