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DENVER — A Democrat-backed bill dubbed the “Buy American” act passed the Senate Monday on a party-line 20-15 vote.

Derided by one Republican senator as “gesture politics”, Senate Bill 4 would provide an incentive to companies bidding on state contracts to purchase American-made goods.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Joyce Foster, D-Denver, would create a preference for companies that are able to certify that their materials, provisions, and supplies were manufactured in the United States.

According to Senate Democrats, the proposal, if passed by the GOP-controlled House and signed into law, would promote American-made goods, create American Jobs, and stimulate Colorado industry.