House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) reiterated their commitment to strengthening American manufacturing during a tour of the ChemArt Company in Lincoln and a roundtable discussion at Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
"From day one, David Cicilline has been fighting hard on behalf of Rhode Island's manufacturers, small businesses, and middle class families," said Hoyer, who serves as the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. "His relentless work ethic has already earned him the respect of our colleagues, and he is a strong voice for Rhode Island in Washington, D.C."
As House Democratic Whip, Hoyer has led efforts to create jobs and reinvigorate American manufacturing through the Make It In America agenda, including Cicilline's Make It In America Block Grant Program Act - a bill that would provide targeted grants to help small to medium-sized manufacturers retool their factories and retrain their workers.
Earlier this afternoon, Hoyer joined Cicilline for a tour of the ChemArt Company, a Lincoln-based manufacturer of ornaments and bookmarks, which has served as the official producer of the White House Christmas Ornament since 1981. First founded in 1976, the ChemArt Company has also been featured nationally as part of the Travel Channel's Made in America series.
Following their tour, Hoyer and Cicilline hosted a roundtable at the Slater Mill Visitor Center in Pawtucket. Along with area manufacturers, the two lawmakers discussed their ongoing efforts to reinvigorate American manufacturing as well the role that a strong manufacturing sector should play in putting Rhode Island's economy back on the right track.
"I was pleased to welcome House Democratic Whip Hoyer to Rhode Island so he could see firsthand the challenges that families across our state are facing, as well as the efforts our manufacturers and small businesses are leading in order to compete in the global economy," added Cicilline. "There is no question that one of the key strategies for rebuilding our economy has to focus on growing manufacturing jobs here in Rhode Island and making things again in America. Congressman Hoyer has demonstrated his commitment to this effort by being a strong leader of the Make It In America agenda in the House. I appreciate his unparalleled leadership in this important area."
Cicilline, who is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, has focused on strengthening Rhode Island manufacturers. In addition to the Make It In America Block Grant Program Act, Cicilline has introduced the House version of the Offshoring Prevention Act to eliminate tax breaks that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas. Last December, the House adopted an amendment, which was later signed into law, offered by Cicilline to strengthen domestic manufacturing through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/SBTT) programs.