Hoyer Statement on New Obama Administration "Make It In America" Challenge

For Immediate Release:

September 25, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the "Make It In America Challenge" to promote insourcing, announced today by the Obama Administration:

“For two years, House Democrats have put forward our Make It In America plan to create jobs by strengthening American manufacturing and making investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure that will help our businesses compete and succeed.  Today’s announcement by the Departments of Commerce and Labor of the new ‘Make it in America Challenge’ is exactly the type of investment House Democrats have called for.  Many American businesses want to keep jobs here at home while staying competitive in the global economy.  The $40 million in competitive grants made available by the ‘Make It In America Challenge’ will help increase the trend of insourcing - U.S. companies bringing back jobs and investing here in the U.S. These grants will also assist businesses looking to expand and train American workers for jobs on our shores.  

“While the Obama Administration continues to put job creation and our economic recovery first, as they have since day one, House Republicans have yet to introduce a comprehensive jobs plan and continue to block consideration of Make It In America legislation. On Friday, Republicans left town with much of Congress’s work unfinished.  That’s why I am calling on House Republicans to return to Washington and get to work with Democrats to help more of our struggling businesses keep their production and jobs here – which will enable more of our people to Make It In America.”

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