Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) supported the passage of legislation that empowers American manufacturers to increase exports, grow their business, and create jobs.
"A strong manufacturing sector means a strong Ohio, and this legislation is a major step in ensuring that both our state and the people who build it will be strong for years to come," said Sutton. "We can support our manufacturers by working to make sure that they have the resources they need to grow and that our focus is squarely set on creating jobs. This legislation is a great first step towards greater exports and job creation in Ohio; it is up to us now to ensure that we continue this progress in the months and years to come."
Passed by a unanimous voice vote, the Export Promotion Reform Act, H.R. 4041, establishes a requirement for a government-wide strategic plan for federal trade promotion efforts, and places a priority on small and medium-sized businesses. The act also requires the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a regular global assessment of overseas markets to determine which have the greatest potential for increasing U.S. exports, and then redeploying resources based on that assessment.
A champion for American manufacturing and a leader on job creation, Congresswoman Sutton has a strong record advocating on behalf of American manufacturers and workers. A member of the House Trade Working Group and the House Manufacturing Caucus, Sutton has led the charge to fight for fairer trade and increased investment in infrastructure projects, introducing legislation that has helped to save the automobile industry in Northeast Ohio.