Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Institute for Supply Management released its report for December:
“Our manufacturing sector continues to grow in spite of a lack of serious action by Congress to provide certainty and invest in competitiveness, and today’s report by the Institute for Supply Management ought to be taken as a call to action. With manufacturing activity showing the second-highest level of the year in December, this sector has built on November’s record as the strongest report in over two years – but more needs to be done on the federal level to support manufacturing expansion if we want to create good jobs that will sustain a strong middle class.
“Congress has a responsibility to do whatever it can to assist in bringing high-skill, high-wage manufacturing jobs back to our shores. That’s why House Democrats are continuing to push for the consideration of Make It In America bills that provide incentives to manufacturers who innovate here, produce their goods here, and sell those American-made products here at home and around the world. Our plan focuses on four core components that ought to have broad, bipartisan support: pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, promoting U.S. exports, encouraging the return of innovation and jobs, and securing a twenty-first century workforce. As Congress begins a new session this year, it is crucial that Democrats and Republicans work together to bring Make It In America legislation to the Floor so we can help put more of our people back to work in jobs that won’t be shipped overseas.
“The passage of a budget last month was a step toward providing greater certainty to our private sector; however, it did not go far enough. Businesses – especially manufacturers – will be watching closely to see if Congress can work together to set clear fiscal policies and end the manufactured crises that stifle growth and hamper job creation. Extending the debt limit without undergoing another manufactured default crisis will send a strong message to businesses that Congress is ready to work with them to bring jobs back to our shores and grow our economy.”