House Passes American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) congratulated  the House of Representatives for passing the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, H.R. 5865, a bill designed to launch an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of how best to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector and ensure its long-term competitiveness against foreign competition.  The legislation, introduced by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), has attracted bipartisan support from lawmakers who recognize the vital importance of a healthy manufacturing sector to the broader U.S. economy.

H.R. 5865 calls for formation of a federal board of manufacturing experts to conduct an in-depth analysis of the nation’s manufacturing sector, U.S. government policy, and the policies of competing nations to determine how best to ensure that the U.S. attracts and supports manufacturing operations over the long term.  The analysis will result in a draft national competitiveness strategy to be approved by the President by April 2014, with a subsequent analysis and follow-up strategy due in 2018.

"There is no better moment for the White House and Congress to focus on revitalizing our industry through a concerted, pro-manufacturing strategy that addresses the competitive disadvantages our members contend with every day,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin. “PMA and NTMA member companies play an integral role in the broader economy, producing components found in over 90 percent of U.S. manufactured goods and equipment.  We support the viability of nearly every key domestic industry sector, ranging from agricultural and mining, energy and transportation to aerospace, medical devices, electronics, national defense, and homeland security.”

“It is more important than ever that the government develop an industrial strategy to build and grow a sustainable U.S. manufacturing sector that can protect our national security and strengthen our economy in the long run,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone.  “This bill would help policymakers take a comprehensive approach to encouraging the growth of U.S. manufacturing by identifying what goods are produced, where they are produced, and in which sectors we are most competitive.  The entire country will benefit if we increase U.S. manufacturing jobs, support the growth of technologies that strengthen our industry’s competitiveness, and reach a realistic understanding of how our foreign competitors fight to attract market share in this highly competitive global industry.”

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)’s and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)’s combined “One Voice” federal government advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing sector in the United States.

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