Bipartisan Manufacturing Competitiveness Act passes House Subcommittee
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (H.R. 5865), bipartisan legislation that would require the development of a national strategy to revitalize American manufacturing, was approved today by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Said one of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL): “There is no sector of our economy that is providing more highly paid and economically advantageous jobs than manufacturing...We are on the brink of a new manufacturing renaissance in this country; the only barriers that pose a threat to this recovery would be government created. In an effort to eliminate these potential barriers, I’m proud to work with Congressman Lipinski to put forward bipartisan legislation that puts forward a long-term strategy to focus our attention on the challenges inhibiting our global competitiveness.”
The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), who said: “American companies and their workers are operating at a severe disadvantage as they face foreign competitors who benefit from coordinated, strategic government policies that benefit manufacturing. We need to recognize this reality and bring the public and private sectors together to develop a national manufacturing strategy that specifies recommendations for the optimal tax, trade, research, regulatory, and innovation policies that will enable American manufacturing to thrive. Manufacturing is critical for national security, an essential source of good-paying jobs for the middle class, and drives high-tech innovation. This bill is a fully bipartisan document, and I believe that when the strategy is issued it could have as immediate an impact on U.S. manufacturing policy as the Rising Above the Gathering Storm report had on U.S. science policy when it led directly to passage of the America COMPETES Act. I want to thank Rep. Kinzinger, whose strong support, willingness to reach across the aisle, and help in shaping this legislation have been instrumental to moving it forward.”
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a strong proponent of a national manufacturing strategy, and has repeatedly put forward a "Plan to Save Manufacturing."
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