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REED’S MANUFACTURING BILL ONE STEP CLOSER TO LAW

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Washington, DC, July 25, 2014 | comments

The next step for Tom Reed’s Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, or “RAMI,” is the House floor. Reed’s bipartisan bill unanimously passed the House Committee on Science Friday, clearing the final hurdle before a vote in the full House of Representatives

“We’re one step closer to crossing the finish line and seeing this bipartisan jobs bill become law,” Reed said. “When we’re talking about creating the kinds of high-tech, high-paying jobs we want to see our children and grandchildren in, we’re talking about jobs that give them those opportunities to create and innovate here at home – not across the ocean. RAMI sets the stage for those jobs and makes sure the U.S. is a world leader in advanced manufacturing. I thank Congressman Kennedy for working tirelessly with us on this bill to put more Americans back to work. It’s time for an American manufacturing renaissance. It’s time for this jobs bill.”

Tom Reed and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) introduced RAMI last August as a way to re-establish the United States as the global leader in manufacturing. The bill creates a national network of regionally-based hubs to improve the competiveness of American manufacturing and increase U.S. production. The hubs are public-private partnerships among colleges and universities and manufacturers of all sizes designed to bridge the country’s skills gap and bring research and development and commercialization back to the forefront of American manufacturing.

“Across the country, innovation industries are transforming the American economy and giving our once-fading manufacturing industry new legs in industries like advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information technology and defense,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Today’s bipartisan passage of RAMI by the House Science Committee is another step towards the kind of domestic manufacturing policy our country needs to create good jobs and stay on the cutting edge of a global economy. I am grateful for Representatives Reed’s continued partnership on this bill and for the leadership of Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson. I look forward to working together to get this bill to the House Floor.”

Reed’s manufacturing jobs bill has 90 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House and broad industry support. Reed continues to meet with local manufacturers about the bill and has met with a wide range of district manufacturers over the past year about the bill including Lufkin-RMT, Nucor, Cameron Manufacturing, Cutco, Nestle-Purina, Dresser-Rand and Cummins. Reed’s House Manufacturing Caucus also held a panel discussion on the bill, bringing in industry experts to help educate members and move the bill forward in the House.

In April, RAMI passed the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously where Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are sponsors on the bill.   

With Reed’s bill clearing the vital last hurdle in the Science Committee, it will now need to be considered by the full House of Representatives.

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