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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1549, Helping Sick Americans Now Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. MATSUI. I thank the gentlelady for yielding me time.

Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of defeating the previous question. Putting people back to work is our number one priority.

Mr. Connolly's bill, which is part of the Make It In America agenda, will strengthen our economy by creating jobs and spurring innovation throughout the American manufacturing sector.

One area where we must assert world leadership is in clean energy technologies. This is why I have introduced the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act, legislation that is part of the Make It In America agenda. This bill will help clean energy technology companies access the world market and ensure these companies have the resources they need to export their products. Let's face it, the clean energy technology industry is growing rapidly. New jobs will be created, if not here, then in places like China and Germany.

In my home district of Sacramento, we have over 200 clean energy companies, the majority of which are small businesses. Clean World Partners is a local company that is converting everyday items like food and waste into energy. Altergy Systems manufactures fuel cell power systems. These small business owners want to expand their manufacturing operations and export their clean energy technologies to foreign markets, but they need our help, and they need it now.

I urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question and immediately take up the Connolly bill, which is part of the Make It In America agenda, to show the American public we are serious about investing in our economy.

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