Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the House Democrats' "Make It In America" agenda. See below for a link to the video and excerpts.
“Clearly, the last election was focused two things. Jobs and deficits. People wanted to get the fiscal house in order of their country, but they knew that they needed to create jobs. Very frankly, we've been here now for four months without jobs legislation being offered on the floor of the House of Representatives. What we're rolling out today, as we all talk about creating jobs, is a focus on job creators. We're focusing on also the psychology that we can make it in America. We can succeed. It’s a great country but it can be an even greater country. Also focus on making it a here in America, manufacture in America, grow it here, sell it here and around the world. There's no reason why the most productive effective workers in the world can't compete with anybody in the world if they're given the tools. If they have a tax policy, regulatory policy that encourages the growth of manufactures, growth of businesses. The reason you focus on manufacturing, of course, is because Americans believe correctly that if America is manufacturing goods and selling them abroad, we'll continue to be a very successful country and create the kinds of jobs that are good paying jobs with good benefits. We know that manufacturing, according to our own statistics, but also the National Association of Manufacturers, that when you create a job in manufacturing, it has a multiplier effect in the job market generally.”
“There's also a partnership, Joe, between government and the private sector. There has to be a partnership in terms of investing in education, investing in infrastructure in our country to create the environment, the context in which enterprise, innovators, developers can, in fact, be successful, and that's what we want to focus on in the "Make It In America" agenda. We want to say to the manufacturing community, the business community, look, we need to be in partnership to grow our economy. We don't want to get in your way, but we do want to make sure that you have a context, an environment that makes you competitive globally. I think that's the key. That's what “Make It In America” is going to focus on. It's going to focus on creating jobs but also focusing on job creators. If you're going to be pro-jobs you have to be pro-creators of jobs.”
“What we find is the manufacturing community has retreated over the last 20 years, and with it our ability to produce goods and services, frankly, but particularly goods to sell them in the international global marketplace has been eroded. The good news is over the last 15 months we've seen the manufacturing community grow, but still at a percentage far less than we were 20 years ago. Manufacturing jobs have a particularly positive effect on our economy. And as well, on the kinds of jobs that are created in the manufacturing community.”
“I've talked to the National Association of Manufacturers, John Engler who heads up The Business Roundtable, Tom Donohue at the Chamber of Commerce, Rich Trumka at AFL-CIO. One thing that we find in this "Make It In America” agenda that I think all Americans ought to be pleased with, that you can talk about "Make It In America" at any congressional district in America. Republican, Democrat, Liberal, when you talking making it in America, creating jobs, people shake their heads and yell that's what we ought to be doing. That's a non-ideological, non-divisive, brings people together, focuses on what people want to see and that is the creation of jobs and economic opportunity.”
“The problem we're having when you talk about Canada or other nations in Europe or Asia in terms of their tax policy, one of the problems is we have trouble comparing apples to apples. We had an article yesterday which pointed out fewer countries have what we have, therefore there's a great disparity in the tax burdens paid by one manufacturing enterprise versus another manufacturing enterprise, one sector of the economy, versus another sector of the economy. We've got to have very significant tax reform which makes our tax system simpler, in my view, reduce preference items and bring a level playing field and a competitive playing field with the international community. Clearly, if we're going to encourage people to keep jobs here, they have to make a profit doing so. That's the incentive for staying here. We have to make sure we create an environment that allows for that to happen.”