Manufacturing Policy Gets Boost in House Vote

Posted by admin on 08/12/2010

A guest post by AAM intern Whitney Stack:

The United States is moving closer to achieving a national manufacturing policy, something that most industrial nations, including China, India, Canada, the UK, Brazil, and Germany, already have. The House of Representatives passed a bill (HR-4692) that would require each U.S.stockxpertcom_id818114_jpg_736a787107c7063289042e58d381b6da The United States is moving closer to achieving a national manufacturing policy, something that most industrial nations, including China, India, Canada, the UK, Brazil, and Germany, already have. The House of Representatives passed a bill (HR-4692) that would require each U.S. President to set a national manufacturing strategy and to annually assess progress on meeting its goals. The bill passed by a vote of 379 to 38, reflecting the bi-partisan belief that action must be taken to shore up manufacturing in the United States. It is part of a new 'Make It in America' agenda designed to reinvigorate American manufacturing, create jobs, and aid the economy. Here is how business and economics writer Richard McCormack described the bill in Manufacturing & Technology News:
“The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), will create a President's Manufacturing Strategy Board that includes individuals from a dozen federal agencies, two governors from different political parties and nine individuals from the private sector. The board will be responsible for assessing all aspects of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness including comparisons of manufacturing policies and strategies relative to other nations' policies and strategies. It would be tasked with identifying emerging and evolving markets, technologies and products "for which the nation's manufacturers could compete"; making forecasts for the manufacturing sector; assessing levels of domestic production, productivity and the trade balance; assessing R&D resources, financing and investment, job creation, workforce skills and the "adequacy of the industrial base for maintaining national security."
Rep. Lipiniski said of his bill, "The passage of the National Manufacturing Strategy Act will ensure that American manufacturing remains on the national agenda.” He said America must plan “before it is too late for middle class Americans and for our national security.” The bill was one of four passed by the House before it recessed. President Obama signed one, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act into law this week. ##

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SCapozzola wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

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Pete Stapp wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Please send manufacturing

Please send manufacturing news and issue specific updates to my email address above. Thank you.

Don Mitchel wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

If this administration was

If this administration was serious about creating jobs and going green the President would address the Senate to work out their differences on states rights and ballast water, and address the legislation the House requested in 2008 bipartisan 395-7. Instead they have left the states to fend for themselves in international competition against each other with a foreign economic organization the IMO. There is a Dec 2009 report for congress that states the cost of foreign imports would rise with national ballast water regulations affecting mostly foreign ships ( they pay foreign tax) it is sad that this administration is following the lead of the international maritime organization promoting economic globalization polluting the American environment with the carbon footprint and dirty water trail of foreign ships bring foreign goods into our country rather than pushing for national ballast water legislation that would foster economic Americanization.

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