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To Bolster American Manufacturing, Sen. Harkin, Rep. Braley Introduce the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act


This news story was published on March 14, 2013.
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Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seeking to strengthen the competitiveness of Iowa and American manufacturing, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) today introduced the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act. Central to the legislation is the creation of a National Manufacturing Strategy aimed at spurring job growth, making American manufacturing more competitive, and rebuilding the manufacturing sector—all of which are critical to continuing our nation’s economic recovery. The United States is one of the only developed nations without a National Manufacturing Strategy.

“We cannot rebuild our economy without rebuilding manufacturing. A National Manufacturing Strategy puts the United States on par with our international competitors and would refocus our government’s attention on bolstering this vital sector,” Harkin said. “As a nation, we have gone too long without a strategy to ensure growth and competitiveness in manufacturing.”

“America’s economic strength was founded on making things, and when American manufacturing was at its peak, the middle class was growing and thriving,” Braley said. “Making sure the United States has a national manufacturing strategy that reflects the realities of today’s global economy will ensure that American manufacturers are able to stay competitive. When our manufacturing sector is strong, we can grow the economy and continue to strengthen the middle class.”

The number of direct manufacturing workers has fallen from nearly 20 million Americans in the late 1970s to less than 12 million today—Iowa alone lost approximately 48,000 manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010—and foreign countries like China are ramping up efforts to challenge American manufacturing. Manufacturing comprises almost 18 percent of Iowa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and manufacturing accounts for more than 200,000 Iowa jobs.

Harkin and Braley’s Rebuild American Manufacturing Act would require the President to establish a National Manufacturing Strategy every two years and submit that strategy to Congress. To do so, the Act requires the President to:

– Identify sectors and emerging technologies in which U.S. manufacturing can grow and be most competitive internationally

– Survey the policies currently in place across the federal government that impact U.S. manufacturing and compare those policies other countries have in place to support their manufacturing sectors

– Recommend policies and actions to support American manufacturing to Congress, including ways of improving policies and coordination of those policies at the federal level and learning from strategies that have been effective internationally

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6 Responses to To Bolster American Manufacturing, Sen. Harkin, Rep. Braley Introduce the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act

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    sickastupd Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

    What’s this? Legislation aimed at doing something positive for this country? What?

    Oh. I see it now. It was introduced by Democrats.

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      another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

      No, this is BS. All this will do is bring out a bunch of swindlers who’ll charge the government $35 for a hammer in a guaranteed government contract. Taxing ourselves to create jobs is how Rome eventually fell. It doesn’t work. Free markets work. The internet has made us all one.

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        sickastupd Reply Report comment

        March 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        @Brick: I agree. I just couldn’t resist the shocking difference in types of legislation – although this one isn’t a good idea in the long run, it’s at least not designed to say NO to something, to DENY to REVERSE like everything out of the teapublican’ts.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      @sicka-Must be a typo. Everyone knows Dems can’t think. LOL.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

    If you want to bring back American Manufacturing get rid of NAFTA. That is what started the decline and keeps us out of the market. He is correct about needing manufacturing to build the middle class. The decent paying jobs are few and far between because of the loss of manufacturing. There are only so many high tech jobs out there and we need manufacturing for the people who have not gone to college.

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

    It’s a global economy now Tommy. Stop trying to increase the size of government and make us pay 3-4 times more for items.