Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) joined House Democrats today in unveiling the "Make It In America" agenda for the 112th Congress, a job creation plan that encourages businesses to innovate and make products domestically.
"I am proud to represent many manufacturing companies in my district that together employ thousands of local residents and make products that are distributed and sold throughout the world," Congresswoman Roybal-Allard said. "Understanding that the manufacturing sector continues to drive our economic recovery in my district and throughout the country, the "Make It In America" legislation introduced today represents a specific plan to out-educate, out-innovate and out-build our competitors. As our nation's economy continues to recover, the legislation would rebuild our nation's middle class by strengthening our manufacturing sector, creating and retaining good paying manufacturing jobs here in the United States, and by supporting key investments to promote domestic innovation, competitiveness and our exports abroad. I urge my Republican colleagues to join us in bringing jobs back to the United States."
Since launching the Make It In America agenda in the previous Congress, President Obama has signed six "Make It In America" bills into law:
* U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act: Makes it cheaper for American companies to obtain the materials they need to manufacture goods.
* Protecting American Patents: Helps unclog the backlog of 1.2 million patent applications so innovative ideas can move to market more quickly.
* Preventing Outsourcing: Prevents the outsourcing of U.S. jobs by closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to send U.S. jobs overseas.
* Small Business Jobs Act: Expands much needed lending to millions of small businesses and offers tax incentives to help small businesses grow, hire, and fuel our economy, without adding a dime to the deficit.
* Energy Jobs and Training for Veterans Act: Provides grants for programs to provide on-the-job training, apprenticeship, real experience, and long-term employment in all energy fields.
* COMPETES Act: Establishes innovative technology federal loan guarantees for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and invests in science, technology, engineering, and math education.