Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) praised legislation passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives to require the development of a national strategy to revitalize American manufacturing and create good-paying jobs. The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, H.R. 5865, would direct the President to submit to Congress and make public a strategy to promote growth, sustainability, and competitiveness in the nation's manufacturing sector, create well-paid, stable jobs, enable innovation and investment, and support national security.
"We must continue to rebuild our manufacturing sector by working to increase U.S. exports through fair trade deals and policies that help American businesses "Make it in America,'" said Congressman Critz, a Member of the House Democrats' Make it in America Task Force. "In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 570,000 people are employed by the manufacturing sector. These are good-paying jobs that we can sustain and grow by creating a comprehensive national manufacturing strategy to guide policies and promote America's competitiveness and ingenuity."
H.R. 5865 will bring the public and private sectors together to forge an actionable plan to promote the success of American manufacturing. The bill creates a bipartisan Manufacturing Competitiveness Board to: (1) advise the President and Congress on issues affecting the nation's manufacturing sector; (2) conduct a comprehensive analysis of such sector, covering everything from trade issues to taxation, regulation, and new technologies; and (3) develop a national manufacturing competitiveness strategy that includes specific goals and specific recommendations for achieving those goals. The first strategy is due in 2014 and the second in 2018.
The American Manufacturing Competiveness Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce by unanimous voice vote and has the support of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM).