Last night, U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) voted to jumpstart American manufacturing and create new American jobs. The bipartisan "Make it in America" initiative is composed of three pieces of legislation that help increase American competitiveness and spur job growth by calling for a national manufacturing strategy, promoting clean energy technology, and establishing a commission to tackle the U.S. trade deficit.
"Promoting manufacturing and innovation at home means creating new highly-skilled, good-paying jobs in North Mississippi and nationwide," said Childers. "I was proud to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues in supporting this important initiative to close the trade deficit, bring jobs home, and create new employment opportunities in America."
The National Manufacturing Strategy Act, H.R. 4692, requires a comprehensive analysis of the nations' manufacturing sector every 4 years and directs the President to submit a National Manufacturing Strategy to Congress. This strategy should identify goals and recommendations for how the federal government, as well as State, local and private institutions, can best support the growth of U.S. manufacturers into the markets of the future.
The Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act, H.R. 5156, helps American businesses to export clean energy technology products and services by giving them the information needed to navigate foreign markets and supports the development and implementation of a National Clean Energy Technology Export Strategy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, clean energy technology exports could increase by $40 billion per year and create more than 750,000 jobs by 2020.
The End the Trade Deficit Act, H.R. 1875, establishes the "Emergency Trade Deficit Commission" to examine the nature, causes and consequences of the U.S. trade deficit and make recommendations on reducing trade imbalances. U.S. trade deficits harm the U.S. manufacturing base -- a critical element of our economy. The Commission's work will provide added momentum for existing fforts to address the trade deficit and strengthen U.S. manufacturing.