October 30, 2013: Senate Democrats roll out a #mfg agenda

Posted by mmcmullan on 10/30/2013

Good morning,

Rainy day here in Washington. Up on Capitol Hill, most eyes are trained on Congressional hearings about the administration’s buggy health care website. But that’s not all the action. Lest you forget, Senate Democrats (that’s a bunch of them in the picture!) announced a whole sheaf of policy proposals meant to kickstart America’s manufacturing sector.

We like this. We think this is legit. Capitol Hill has been relatively lethargic regarding the production of a jobs agenda that America is waiting for. But now, let’s see some action. Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul:

We have heard innumerable promises about creating jobs in this country, but there is woefully insufficient progress being made. We are hopeful that these proposals will translate into meaningful, bipartisan action to revitalize American manufacturing, which, in turn, will strengthen the whole of our economy.’

Elsewhere around the web:

Last night marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the Northeast. and the recovery continues for communities in New York and New Jersey. But are we prepared for the next emergency? Scott Paul writes in an opinion for Real Clear Politics:

It is worrisome that, in the aftermath of Sandy, we were able to tweet videos of devastated beach communities, but were unable to quickly provide any made-in-America transformers to supply power to those who desperately needed it.

Madison, Wisconsin is not keen on a sketchy trade deal:

FWIW: China may be the second largest economy in the world, notes Vipal Monga for the Wall Street Journal, but use of the country’s currency lags behind (12th place, to be exact).

Manufacturing meet the Internet. Internet, this is manufacturing. Cloud computing and other technologies are making manufacturers faster, more efficient, and lowering costs. Adrienne Selko of IndustryWeek reports on how big data can be effectively used by manufacturers to put customer demand, production and supplier data in context.

Send in your jobs report.

There’s more to the monthly jobs report than just numbers. There are people behind the data, and their stories deserve to be heard. Do you have one to tell? Have you – or your friends, family, or neighbors – started looking for work recently? Have you stopped? Send in your jobs report to info [at] aamfg [dot] org, tweet it to us at @keepitmadeinUSA, or contact us via Facebook. And read the ever-updating report right here.

Happy Hump Day, America!


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