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Senator Coons' National Manufacturing Strategy Passes Congress

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WASHINGTON – The omnibus spending bill passed by the Senate on Saturday night included a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to create a national manufacturing strategy.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Coons fought hard for the bill's inclusion in the omnibus. The bipartisan American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, cosponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), would require the development of a national manufacturing strategy, boosting the traditional and high-tech manufacturers that employ nearly 12 million Americans.

The bill was originally introduced in 2013 and would strengthen American manufacturing while not costing the federal government any money.

“American manufacturing has the potential to provide good jobs and drive strong growth far into the future,” said Senator Coons. “It's time we catch up to our competitors around the globe and build a coherent, focused manufacturing strategy that can strengthen the middle class and make America the destination for 21st century manufacturing. Our bipartisan bill will ensure the federal government does everything it can to build a foundation for manufacturing job growth in Delaware and across the country. Its passage is great news for our workers and our businesses, and I look forward to continue working hard, on a bipartisan basis, for good manufacturing job creation.”

The manufacturing industry contributes $2.1 trillion to the U.S. economy each year, and on its own, would rank as the world's tenth largest economy. Current federal programs and incentives support conditions for growth in the industry, yet there is no overarching national strategy. The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act sets goals for a U.S. manufacturing strategy and requires the Administration to analyze every four years factors that have an impact on manufacturing competitiveness.

The omnibus spending bill also included bipartisan manufacturing legislation fought for by Senator Coons and sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to expand a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes. The hubs, modeled on the eight that the Administration has announced thus far, will bring together businesses, universities, and local public officials to conduct research, job training, and manufacturing all under the same roof, creating jobs and driving innovation.

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