A Brookings Institution report published earlier today suggests that U.S. Congressman David Cicilline's (D-RI) Make it in America Block Grant Program Act, H.R. 1912, could be an effective tool to help reinvigorate the American manufacturing sector.
"In sum, David Cicilline's idea for the creation of a manufacturing-centered Block Grant Program is solid and deserves greater attention from political and policy communities," writes John Hudak in Providence for Manufacturing: The Cicilline Plan.
Hudak, a fellow in the Governance Studies Program at Brookings, analyzed the proposal after Cicilline outlined it at the inaugural John Hazen White, Jr. Forum on Manufacturing. His report argues that "Cicilline's approach shows great promise" and that policies in the proposal could have bipartisan appeal.
"Rhode Islanders and men and women across our country want their representatives to put aside partisan differences and do what it takes to get our economy back on the right track," said Cicilline, who is serving his first term representing Rhode Island's First District. "I am delighted that the Brookings Institution is highlighting my proposal, and I look forward to continuing to fight for this and other proposals that will reinvigorate manufacturing, help create jobs, and get Rhode Island moving again."
Cicilline introduced the Make it in America Block Grant Program Act in May 2011. The proposal would provide small to medium-sized manufacturers with targeted grants to help retrofit their facilities and retrain workers with new skills. The bill has been co-sponsored by 50 of Cicilline's colleagues. The Make It In America Block Grant also has a Senate companion introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with three co-sponsors including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.