Congressman Dave Loebsack today released the following statement after President Obama announced a $500 million investment to jumpstart the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). This effort will bring together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that create jobs and enhance competitiveness.
"Today's announcement is another piece of the puzzle needed to bring to bring high quality, good paying jobs to Iowa. I applaud President Obama's focus on creating manufacturing jobs and providing the necessary investment to bring these groups together to grow and strengthen American manufacturing," said Loebsack. "I have worked to emphasize the need to manufacture more products in the United States and have introduced the SECTORS Act that would help retool and streamline our workforce development programs that are needed to train our workers for specialized fields by bringing together key players, just as the President's initiative will. This announcement is a good start and I look forward to working with the President to ensure Iowans can compete for jobs in our global economy."
Earlier this year, Congressman Loebsack reintroduced the SECTORS Act. This legislation provides grants that allow local partners to address the training needs of multiple employers and help post-secondary educational institutions and other training providers align curricula and programs to meet industry demands in fields such as advanced manufacturing, energy or healthcare. It also improves workers' job quality while encouraging the creation, and obtaining of, nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials.
Loebsack has also cosponsored the Security in Energy And Manufacturing (SEAM) Act, H.R. 724, which provides Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits to companies.