As part of a determined effort to create jobs, to rebuild the manufacturing base and to provide for long-term economic opportunities, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. on Wednesday joined with his Democratic colleagues in launching the second phase of the "Make It In America" agenda.
"Make It In America is more than a patriotic label, it's a multi-faceted plan to promote American competitiveness, innovation and exports so that we continue to have the world's leading economy," said Pallone. "This effort includes a national strategy to rebuild our manufacturing base with high-skill, well paying jobs. When American workers are provided the opportunities they deserve, they will succeed as individuals and we will prosper as a nation."
The Make It In America agenda includes legislation that:
* Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.
* Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.
* Boosts incentives to create clean energy jobs.
* Sets requirements for government and its contractors to buy American products and services.
* Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.
* Gives incentives to hire and retrain America's returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.
* Strengthens partnerships with businesses to retrain America's workers for jobs for the jobs that are actually needed.
"As we continue to work our way out of this terrible recession this agenda will help reverse the flow of jobs overseas with incentives to create well-paying jobs and it will lay the foundation for long-term economic growth and opportunities, said Pallone. "We should not and will not give up on manufacturing in America. We still have the best workers, the best ideas and the best products. We need a strategy and smart investments to restore and reinvent our manufacturing base."
A series of Make It In America items have already been signed into law. They include bills that:
* Makes it cheaper for American companies to obtain the materials they need to manufacture goods with the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act.
* Protect American Patents by unclogging the backlog of 1.2 million patent applications so innovative ideas can move to market more quickly.
* Prevent Outsourcing of U.S. jobs by closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to send U.S. jobs overseas.
* Expand lending to millions of small businesses Small Business Jobs Act.
* Provides grants for programs to provide on-the-job training, apprenticeship, real experience, and long-term employment in all energy fields through the Energy Jobs and Training for Veterans Act.