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 January:
“For the eighth consecutive month our manufacturing sector continues to expand, in spite of the effects of the Republican-led government shutdown in October and the economic uncertainty caused by the looming deadline for our government to pay its bills and avoid default. However, January’s manufacturing growth was not as robust as the past two months, and this ought to be taken as a warning sign for Congress to get off the fence and take action to promote manufacturing job growth right away.
“The Make It In America plan for jobs and competitiveness will create the right conditions for businesses to bring high-skill, high-wage manufacturing jobs to our communities – jobs that make it possible for our workers to access the opportunities that lead to a secure place in our middle class. Make It In America, which already has bipartisan support, includes four main components: pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, promoting American exports, encouraging companies to bring innovation and jobs back to our shores, and training a twenty-first century workforce ready to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. Senate Democrats have already introduced a complementary jobs plan of their own, and there is no reason why both chambers cannot begin consideration of bills to support a strong and growing domestic manufacturing base without delay.
“I urge House Republicans to allow bipartisan Make It In America legislation to move to the Floor for consideration quickly and to work with Democrats to ensure that our nation pays its bills on time.”