Sens. Brown, Blunt, and Reps. Reed, Kennedy Announce Endorsements from National Association of Manufacturers, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International for Landmark, Bipartisan Manufacturing Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass. (4th CD), issued the following news release:
Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and U.S. Reps. Tom Reed (NY-23) and Joe Kennedy (MA-4) announced that both the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) endorsed their bipartisan legislation, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013. Their landmark bill would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) to position the United States, once again, as the global leader in advanced manufacturing and ensure that the U.S. can out-innovate the rest of the world while creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs.
"I appreciate the support from these industry associations who represent several Ohio companies. Small and medium companies play a critical role in manufacturing supply chains, and their competiveness is crucial to our economy," Brown said. "By partnering with universities, community colleges, workers, and the public sector, members of NAM and SEMI can transform American manufacturing. In order for our country to maintain its competitive edge and help rebuild the middle class, we need to give greater support to our manufacturing sector, and our bipartisan bill is a big step forward."
"I'm pleased to see these industry associations support the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act," Blunt said. "Missouri is home to world class research institutions and innovative manufacturers, large and small - many of which are represented by organizations such as NAM and SEMI.
This bipartisan bill will create an important network of partnerships to bolster private sector job creation and encourage more manufacturing innovation in Missouri and nationwide."
"The strong support we're receiving for our manufacturing bill is a testament to the bill's mission of revitalizing American manufacturing competitiveness," Reed said. "As co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I hear from manufacturers of all sizes about the need to facilitate the kinds of public-private partnerships our bill provides. With this infrastructure in place, we can grow domestic manufacturing with a 'make it here, sell it there' approach and put Americans back to work."
"This country's manufacturing base lies at the epicenter of efforts to address some of our greatest economic challenges," Kennedy said. "From still-stubborn unemployment rates to trade deficits and income inequality: a national manufacturing policy is essential to continued economic recovery.