This was a busy week on Capitol Hill. I had a greet meeting with my fellow members of the Women's Policy Committee (WPC) on Thursday, where we discussed new projects and upcoming legislation. I am very excited that we've finally formed this important caucus to shine a spotlight on the great work being done by Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I look forward to this group becoming an important and respected voice in Congress. I'm proud to serve as WPC Chairman and will keep you updated on what we're working on.
Also, as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, I helped this week to steer passage of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 5865). The bill, which creates a blueprint for improving manufacturing in the United States, was approved unanimously by my subcommittee. Among other things, it establishes a Presidential Board on manufacturing to identify opportunities for growth and development.
This bill mirrors my efforts to make "Made in America" matter again and to bring manufacturing back to the United States. In today's troubled economy, where we've had a record 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, we need to look at new ways to create jobs and economic opportunities. This bill is a big step in the right direction by making certain the United States becomes a logical "first choice" when it comes to locating or expanding manufacturing.
I capped off the week by meeting with Girl Scouts from Troop 56 who are in Washington D.C. to "Rock the Mall" this weekend in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of America. Happy birthday, girls! I will always remember my years as a Scout very fondly, and it was fun to swap stories with the kids from back home and to hear about the badges they've earned.
Visiting with the girls of Troop 56 in my office.
I hope you had a great week and were able to take a moment to remember the brave members of the U.S. and Allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy 68 years ago on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The world would be a much different place today without their courage and valor. God bless all of our World War II veterans, who carried the flag of freedom from the sands of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima, and inspired a world to rise up in revolt against tyranny, hatred and injustice.
Tomorrow morning, I'm headed back to California for a series of events next week. I will be in Banning tomorrow, and on Monday I will be joining my friend, White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerliokowske, for a tour of Betty Ford Hospital. As always, please contact my office if my staff or I may be of assistance to you in any way.
One last programming note: Good luck this weekend to undefeated Timothy Bradley of Cathedral City in his big fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Las Vegas for the WBO welterweight boxing title. We're pulling for you, Timothy.
Have a great weekend everyone!