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Upton, Tonko, Axne Introduce Bill to Help Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Supply Chain

Bipartisan Manufacturing.gov Act codifies site that would connect American manufacturers with federal resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI), Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), and Cindy Axne (D-IA)  today introduced the Manufacturing.gov Act, bipartisan legislation already passed in the Senate that would establish a website to serve as a hub to connect manufacturers with federal manufacturing programs. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Todd Young (R-IN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Senate bill, which passed in October.

“Now more than ever, we need to take steps today to secure our supply chain and bring manufacturing jobs back to Michigan and the United States,” said Rep. Fred Upton. “This bipartisan legislation will give our local manufacturers in Southwest Michigan another ‘tool in the toolbox’ to optimize their daily operations, build products that Americans use every day, and create good-paying jobs. Strengthening domestic manufacturing, which has unfortunately declined over the last couple decades, is a top priority for me and a critical mission as we look to compete with China and emerge as a global and economic leader in the 21st Century.”  

“Supporting our domestic manufacturing industry will immensely benefit our economy, job growth and global competitiveness,” said Rep. Paul Tonko. “With the COVID crisis putting added strain on the industry, it is critical that we strengthen our domestic supply chain by supporting American manufacturers. The Manufacturing.gov Act helps deliver that key support by making federal programs and resources more accessible to manufacturers in New York and across the country. I applaud the work of Senator Peters to pass this legislation in the Senate and urge my colleagues in the House to come together in bipartisan fashion to bolster U.S. manufacturing.”

“This bipartisan measure will help Iowa in three distinct and important ways: it will connect Iowa manufacturers with new opportunities, it will create jobs in our communities, and it will strengthen our supply chains by creating more here at home,” said Rep. Cindy Axne. “By streamlining the ways that our local manufacturers can connect with federal programs, we ensure good opportunities don’t go unutilized because of government bureaucracy.”

“We applaud the efforts of Congressman Upton for his continued support of the manufacturing industry, which is critical to our state and the national economy,” said Mike Coast, President of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the Michigan representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. “This bill creates a centralized information reference source for manufacturing programs, and that is beneficial for the growth and prosperity of our nation’s manufacturers.”

This bill addresses a Government Accountability Office report that found the federal government maintains 58 different manufacturing programs across 11 federal agencies—creating unnecessary hurdles and making it more difficult for manufacturers to access these programs.

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