KENNEDY-REED MANUFACTURING BILL PASSES HOUSE
Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) announced today that the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) of 2014 passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. Kennedy introduced the bill last year with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).
RAMI would create a network of regional manufacturing institutes across the country to support domestic production, drive innovation and expand workforce development in growing industries. It is the third bill Congressman Kennedy has passed through the House in his first term.
“In every corner of our country, the transformation of the manufacturing industry is creating jobs and expanding access to opportunity for millions of Americans,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy. “Today’s bipartisan passage of RAMI by the House of Representatives is another step towards the kind of domestic manufacturing policy our country needs to stay on the cutting edge of a global economy. I am grateful for Congressman Reed’s partnership on this bill and look forward to supporting Senators Brown and Blunt as it progresses through the Senate.”
“We’re thrilled to have such overwhelming support for our bipartisan bill to create high-tech, high-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans,” said Congressman Tom Reed. “These are the kinds of jobs that will give Americans for generations to come the opportunity to create and innovate right here at home – not across the ocean. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together with my colleagues Rep. Joe Kennedy and Senators Roy Blunt and Sherrod Brown. Our shared vision sets the stage for an American manufacturing renaissance and will position the United States in the best way possible to be the world leader in advanced manufacturing. In this economy, Americans need something to come together on, something to unite around to fight for jobs. RAMI is that uniting initiative.”
RAMI now awaits a vote in the Senate, where it was introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). It passed the Senate Commerce Committee earlier this summer.
“This bill keeps innovation and production here at home,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. “Our nation is most successful when we work together – and a Network for Manufacturing Innovation would foster public-private partnerships that give small businesses, industry leaders, and research institutions the tools they need to compete on a global scale. These regional, industry-led hubs will leverage local expertise and will create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs for American workers.”
"This bipartisan bill would put more people back to work by bringing together public and private agencies, businesses, universities, and other organizations to revitalize American manufacturing and innovation," said Senator Roy Blunt. “I'm very pleased my House colleagues passed this common-sense, bipartisan provision, and I continue to urge Majority Leader Reid to allow a vote in the Senate as soon as possible.”
Background on RAMI:
RAMI would create a network of regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material, or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. Comprised of local industry, academia and other stakeholders, the institutes would work to (1) expand research and development, (2) close the gap between R&D and commercialization of products, (3) support small and mid-sized manufacturers, and (4) train a top-tier advanced manufacturing workforce. For more information, please visit: http://kennedy.house.gov/reed-kennedy.
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