For three years, I’ve been leading the Make It In America plan in Congress, which is an agenda to strengthen American manufacturing and support job creation. Since I introduced the Make It In America plan, we’ve seen ten Make It In America bills signed into law that are helping businesses in Maryland and across the nation innovate, grow, and keep and create well-paying, middle-class jobs here in the U.S. But there is more that we must do to build on this progress, which is why I unveiled an updated Make It In America plan for the 113th Congress this week in a speech on Tuesday:
“With Republicans maintaining control of the House for the next two years – and with our jobs recovery still fragile – now is the time to take another look at the Make It In America plan. Now is the time to ask ourselves as a nation what we can do, together, to restore domestic manufacturing and the jobs, innovation, and global leadership that come with it.
"Today, I’m announcing a Make It In America plan that focuses on four central components that, I believe, are key to helping manufacturers grow, expand, and create jobs here. The components are:
(1) adopting and pursuing a national manufacturing strategy;
(2) promoting the export of U.S. goods;
(3) encouraging businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the U.S.; and
(4) training and securing a 21st century workforce.
"As I travel around the country, meeting with leaders in both business and labor, it is clear that these four items are on the top of the agenda for all central stakeholders. I believe these core components can, and will, have bipartisan support in both chambers. This is important – because good ideas won’t go anywhere if they can’t pass the House and Senate and be signed by the President.”
Yesterday, I led a press conference to unveil a list of Make it In America bills sponsored by my colleagues that can advance those four key priorities I laid out in my speech. Many of the bills are based on bipartisan ideas and a few already have bipartisan co-sponsors. Click here to view Make It In America legislation for the 113th Congress.
I’m hopeful that both parties can work together to move the Make It In America plan forward so that more businesses and families can Make It In America and right here in Maryland. Over the next few months, I will continue to meet with my Fifth District Make It In America Advisory Committee and other stakeholders to receive their input on how we can strengthen manufacturing in Maryland and throughout the country. I welcome your input as well. Please visit the Make It In America Facebook page where you can view more information on the Make It In America plan and leave feedback by commenting on our posts.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you.