The AAM Fact-check on President Obama's manufacturing proposals in the State of the Union

Posted by scapozzola on 01/28/2014

Some specific quotes and responses from the president's speech:

President Obama on manufacturing hubs: “My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing...Tonight, I’m announcing we’ll launch six more this year.”

Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul's response: "The innovation hubs can make a real difference for American manufacturing if they are coupled with a more robust strategy on trade and investment. And Congress could do its part by passing bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Brown (OH) and Blunt (MO) to expand funding for this network."

President Obama on workforce training: "I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now."

AAM's Scott Paul: "Skills and training are crucial to the future success of American manufacturing. But a perceived skills gap isn't the reason why American manufacturing is falling behind. It's a jobs gap, driven by our expanding trade deficit with China, that's the primary challenge."

President Obama on trade promotion authority: "We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped 'Made in the USA.'"

AAM's Scott Paul:  "Promoting exports is a good thing. Eliminating our trade deficit would be a great thing. They can help do both if the administration and Congress focus on legislation to combat currency manipulation and ensure a level playing field for American workers and businesses."

President Obama on tax reform:  “Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.”

AAM's Scott Paul: "Tax reform, done the right way, can expand jobs and investment in American manufacturing."

President Obama on Infrastructure investment:  "We’ll need Congress to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer.”

AAM's Scott Paul:  "AAM strongly supports infrastructure investment to boost American jobs and improve our economy, as well as strong Buy America preferences to ensure our tax dollars aren’t outsourced."


Anonymous wrote 28 weeks 5 days ago

One more Executive Order

Google searches for "Made in America" have increased more than 400% during the last five years of this recession. Americans care about the jobs they can protect with their hard earned dollars. But, increasingly American consumers are victims of fraud due to deceptive labeling by manufacturers. By law, country of origin must be market on each and every finished product in an indelible and permanent method, but our ports and our Treasury Department permit paper labels and marking on packaging which are often removed before distribution or sale. And fraud isn't the only reason to reinstate the permanent and indelible method standard. Imported items without proper indelible and permanent country of origin marking can be fined 10% and can be held until properly marked at the US port of arrival. It's time to force foreign manufacturers to step up to the bar and provide honest and transparent information about country of origin on gifts, household items, decor, jewelry and accessories.
It doesn't take an act of Congress... it takes a simple signature.
Wendy Rosen
The American Made Alliance

Anonymous wrote 28 weeks 6 days ago

Job Skills

Job skills are playing a major role in manufacturing. Machining, operating, and trouble shooting the equipment takes training and knowledge. Most companies that use CNC are looking for trained and experienced personnel. Many are worried about training due to employee faithfulness. CNC is vital to today's market. As the jobs start to increase, the education must increase. There also needs to be an increase in industrial and manufacturing engineers. Along with asstrong skilled labor force.

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