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Reed's Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act Becomes Law

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Washington, DC, December 17, 2014 | comments


Tom Reed’s Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) has become law.  Reed’s bill, added as part of a compromise between House and Senate appropriators on a bill to fund government operations for 2015, became law when President Obama signed the appropriations bill into law.

“RAMI’s passage shows that we all care about manufacturing jobs,” Reed declared. “It is exciting to see all of the hard work we did on both sides of the aisle come to fruition in this law which will create new high-tech, high-paying manufacturing jobs for our children and grandchildren. They will have opportunities to create and innovate as the U.S. once again becomes the world leader in advanced manufacturing.”

Reed’s bill initially passed the House in September. He again thanked Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA) noting that the four worked together on a bipartisan basis to advance the bill and be sure that it was included in the appropriations bill.

RAMI directs the Department of Commerce to establish Centers for Manufacturing Innovation to focus on advancing the next generation of manufacturing technologies. The Centers will help retain and grow manufacturing jobs across our nation by focusing critical resources in collaboration with public-private partnerships led by industry, universities, community colleges and non-profits. It also addresses the skills gap by producing the next generation of skilled workers and engineers focusing on education, workforce training, research and development, and commercialization.


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