As part of an initiative to Make It In America, U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) voted in favor of three bills targeted to boost the American manufacturing sector and create new manufacturing jobs. All three bills were passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday and now await consideration in the U.S. Senate.
The bills are H.R. 4692, the National Manufacturing Strategy Act, H.R. 5156, the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act, and H.R. 1875, the End the Trade Deficit Act.
"Michigan's economic health depends on a robust manufacturing sector. These bills will help strengthen our country's manufacturing base, put people back to work and help grow our economy," Stupak said. "I was pleased to vote for legislation that supports new manufacturing industries in areas like clean energy production and works to end unfair trade policies that cost American jobs."
H.R. 4692 creates a Manufacturing Strategy Board that will develop short- and long-term goals for America's manufacturing industry. Every four years the President would be required to present Congress with a strategy including recommendations on manufacturing goals and information on the needs and opportunities for the nation's manufacturing sector. The bill calls for the first strategy report to be issued by February 28, 2011.
H.R. 5156 puts in place a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund to make it easier for companies to navigate foreign markets. The bill promotes policies that would reduce production costs and encourage innovation, investment and productivity in the clean energy technology sector.
H.R. 1875 establishes a commission to develop a trade policy plan that would eliminate the current trade deficit and develop competitive trade policies so our country will no longer import more than we export. The commission must report its conclusions and recommendations to both the President and Congress.
"Our nation has never had a comprehensive manufacturing strategy. These bills are important steps we can take to secure manufacturing in northern Michigan and across the nation both today and well into the future," Stupak said. "Current trade policies like NAFTA have been a disaster for workers across Michigan, but Make It In America is a step in the right direction to helping turn our economy around."