Hoyer and Democrats unveil 'Make it in America' plan.

Posted by LDonia on 04/10/2013

U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took to the pages of U.S. News and World Report today to re-affirm his support for America’s manufacturing sector and to highlight some policy proposals that he and the House Democrats intend to bring to Congress in the coming months.

In an op-ed that sounds very similar to the speech he gave to the Center for American Progress (CAP) yesterday, Hoyer praised some of Congress’s efforts to spur manufacturing over the last three years, but also concedes: “This pales in comparison to what could be achieved if bitter partisanship in Congress were not distracting from sound policymaking.”

So what is Hoyer proposing?

Adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy, promote the export of U.S. goods, encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to our shores and train and secure a skilled workforce for the twenty-first century. House Democrats are listening, and have made these four policy items the core of our Make It In America plan for this Congress.

Sound familiar? If you’re a regular reader of ManufactureThis, it should.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has been ‘hammering away’ at the same issues. Most recently you may recall that AAM President Scott Paul sent a letter to President Obama in advance of the State of the Union. In that letter, Paul highlighted very specific ways to achieve some of these goals.

It’s encouraging to see Congress taking manufacturing seriously. 

Read AAM's National Manufacturing Strategy.

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