Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today joined 338 of his colleagues in voting to pass H.R. 5865, the bipartisan American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act introduced by Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03). Lipinski introduced similar legislation in the previous Congress that passed the House, but stalled in the Senate.
"I strongly believe in the American worker, and am focused on advancing policies that encourage private-sector job growth and job opportunities here in the United States," Schilling said. "If as a country we are able to compete in the global market, I know that American manufacturers and workers will deliver."
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, which Schilling cosponsored, would set up a public-private board tasked with devising a national strategy to revitalize American manufacturing and create jobs. Schilling, a member of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, has cosponsored several additional pieces of legislation to help create jobs and spur our economy, including H.R. 5910, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act, H.R.110, the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act, H.R. 942, the American Research and Competitiveness Act, and H.Res.705, which would designate a "Buy American Week."
Since taking office Schilling has fought to bring home wins for manufacturers around the 17th District, working to lift the cap on public-private partnerships at arsenals to promote job growth, removing wasteful spending from the federal budget, and voting to advance a multi-year transportation plan.
"Just last month, the manufacturing sector lost 15,000 jobs," Schilling said. "Today, I'm proud to be supporting this pro-jobs legislation with so many folks from both sides of the aisle to boost American manufacturing. The Senate should work to immediately advance this bill to promote a national manufacturing strategy and help provide our unemployed friends and neighbors with fresh job opportunities and regular paychecks."