Today, House Democrats announced eight new bills that have been added to the Make It In America jobs plan, which is focused on four key priorities to strengthen American manufacturing and help businesses grow and create jobs here. These priorities are central to creating jobs, helping manufacturers produce more goods here, maintaining America’s innovation edge, and preparing a highly skilled workforce. This is the list of the new bills added to the Make It In America plan; a link to the full bill list can be found below:
Adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy
- Economy, Energy and Environment Initiative to Support Sustainable Manufacturing (E3) Act (Rep. Esty, H.R. 2873): Supports sustainable manufacturing by authorizing the Departments of Energy, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and EPA and SBA to coordinate and target federal resources to assist manufacturers in becoming more efficient, competitive and sustainable.
Promote the export of U.S. goods
- Reducing Waste and Increasing Efficiency in Trade Act (Rep. Bera, H.R. 3004): Helps promote exports by creating the International Trade Data System to electronically link together U.S. government agencies to oversee the flow of goods that drive our economy. This data system will increase government efficiency and security while improving trade facilitation and enforcement.
Encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the U.S.
- GREEN Act of 2013 (Rep. Payne, H.R. 2863): Creates a lending program with a local match requirement to provide up to $2 million in financial assistance and $100,000 in technical assistance to small businesses that create green manufacturing, energy-efficiency retrofit, and other green jobs in low-income communities.
- All-American Flag Act (Rep. Braley and Rep. King, H.R. 2355): Requires that any United States flags acquired for use by the federal government be entirely manufactured in the United States. While federal law currently requires that American flags purchased and used by the government are American made, it only requires that at least 50% of the materials used to make the flag are American made.
- Cooperative Research and Development Fund Authorization Act of 2013 (Rep. Lujan, H.R. 1711): Authorizes a dedicated fund to provide for the government’s share and enable small businesses to participate in Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with the Department of Energy. CRADAs enable collaboration between a business and a national lab to develop the lab’s technological innovations for manufacture and sale in the commercial marketplace.
- Advanced Composites Development Act of 2013 (Rep. Michaud, H.R. 2034): Establishes composites research centers through the Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Each center will operate as a university-private sector partnership and will focus on problems that can be solved in five years through development of an advanced composite material. By working with the private sector and focusing on efforts that can realistically be moved out of the research stage in a relatively short period of time, each center will produce new composites with immediate, practical applications for manufactured goods.
Train and secure a twenty-first century workforce
- Workforce Development Investment Act of 2013 (Rep. Kuster, H.R. 1747): Creates a $2,000-per-student tax credit to employers that partner with community colleges or other educational institutions to provide skills training.
- Broadband Adoption Act of 2013 (Rep. Matsui, H.R. 1685): Brings broadband into the homes of more American families, enabling more Americans to receive the training and education required to enter the 21st century digital economy. Increasing broadband also helps manufacturers and small businesses connect with customers and market their products. The bill modernizes the FCC’s Lifeline program to provide low-income households with broadband service alongside, or as an alternative to, the program’s traditional support of telephone service.