The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science Space and Technology today passed key legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) alongside Research and Technology Subcommittee Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI), Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Reps. Troy Balderson (R-OH), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry through reauthorization and improvements to the Manufacturing USA Program.
Rep. Gonzalez: "I believe we are in a pivotal moment, where new technologies in digital manufacturing, 3D printing, and advanced robotics--just to name a few--are being deployed at a rapid pace, and whichever country is able deploy them at the fastest rate is going to win the technology race. I encourage my colleagues to support the underlying legislation and the competitiveness of American manufacturing."
In Ohio's 16th district, 41,000 people directly work in the manufacturing industry, contributing $2.2 billion annually in payroll, making the manufacturing sector the highest contributor in the local economy. Despite this, Northeast Ohio continues to carry an approximate 14,000 job skills gap in advanced manufacturing, indicating there is work to be done to better connect our workers to jobs already available in our community.
The Manufacturing USA Program represents the federal government's largest investment in advanced manufacturing and works to accelerate our nation's progress in advanced manufacturing through workforce development and support for small and medium manufacturers across our nation. H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act (AMLA), would give the program more flexibility to get the job done by reauthorizing and extending Manufacturing USA to reach all agencies sponsoring centers for manufacturing innovation and strengthening the institute's role in advanced manufacturing workforce development. The bill would also allow for pilot programs to support best practices, increased outreach and support for small and medium sized businesses and longer-term support for manufacturing programs across agencies.