Hoyer Floor Statement During "Make It In America" Special Order Hour

For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the House Floor this evening during a "Make It In America" Special Order Hour hosted by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA). See below for a video and excerpts.

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“We can compete with anybody in the world, frankly, given the proper environment. And I’ve talked to numerous members of the corporate community. I've talked to labor. I've talked to the National Association of Manufacturers. And we are going to pursue this Make It In America agenda because Americans know that we need to be focused on jobs, on expanding opportunity and providing for good wages and good benefits for working American families so they can provide a good life for themselves and their families. And as a consequence of doing so we'll create communities and states and a nation which will be and continue to be the envy of the world.”

“Democrats believe, Mr. Garamendi, that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to make it in America, as I said. That's why we worked hard since the last Congress to advance the Make It In America agenda. Nobody has worked harder than you have to do that. A legislative agenda that helps create conditions for American companies to stay here, innovate here and create jobs here.”

“When more products are made in America, more families have access to well-paying middle-class jobs. And when more products are made in America, we are able to turn expertise and manufacturing them into the new products and new industries of the future. Make It In America is about creating middle-class opportunity and about keeping America’s innovators here. And keep our innovative edge.”

“We are going to have some more Make It In America legislation. This is not a partisan agenda… So I am hopeful we can pursue in a bipartisan basis the Make It In America agenda, expand our manufacturing capability, grow those jobs that pay well and provide good benefits and make America the kind of country it has been, is now and we want to be in the future.”

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