MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER

Today, I delivered a major policy speech on the role of manufacturing in building a strong and competitive economy, and introduced a new list of bills as part of the Democrats’ Make It In America jobs plan. Manufacturing has led our economic recovery over the past two years, and I am committed to strengthening the industry by focusing on the Make It In America plan – a comprehensive agenda to create the conditions necessary to help businesses manufacture goods, innovate, and create jobs here in Maryland and across the U.S. It includes investments that will keep America competitiveand allow us to out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build our competitors across the globe.

Since the plan was introduced two years ago, President Obama has signed ten Make It In America bills into law. Many of those bills enjoyed bipartisan support, and several of the new bills highlighted in my speech today are supported by Members on both sides of the aisle, as well as business and labor. I will be urging both Democrats and Republicans to work together to pass additional bills so that we can grow our economy, create jobs, increase American competitiveness, and ensure Maryland businesses and families can Make It In America.
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Make it in America

The Democrats’ Make it in America plan is a bold initiative to get America working again by building the products of the future here at home. Make it in America will create the conditions necessary to unleash American skill and ingenuity to power our 21st century economy. As President Obama has said, America must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world and our initiative will help our nation do just that. When we Make it in America, American families will make it too.
It’s time we see the words Made in America again

It is time we saw the words Made in America again. Manufacturing is already leading our economic recovery. If we make the necessary investments now, we can ensure continued economic growth and stay competitive in the global economy. Bills in the Make it in America plan will create jobs, improve the roads and highways that move our goods, help businesses get the money needed to expand and create jobs, train and equip Americans to develop and build the products of the future, and make powering our homes, factories and cars more affordable and cleaner for the air we breathe and water we drink.

Let’s get to work!

See some of the bills proposed by House Democrats that are part of the Make it in America initiative:





Rep. Steny Hoyer — Jobs Opportunities Between our Shores (JOBS) Act (HR 1716)
Establishes a Workforce Investment Act pilot program to provide education and training programs in advanced manufacturing.





Rep. John Larson, Rep. John Sullivan, Rep. Dan Boren and Rep. Kevin Brady — New Alternative Transportation to Give American Solutions (NAT GAS) Act (HR 1380)
Provides incentives to encourage private investment in natural gas refueling infrastructure and the production and purchasing of natural gas vehicles and trucks.





Rep. Dan Lipinski — National Manufacturing Strategy Act (HR 1366)
Directs the president to work with industry, labor leaders, and other stakeholders to develop a national strategy to increase manufacturing.





Rep. Sander Levin — Build American Jobs Act (HR 922)
Extends the Build America Bonds program, provides additional funding for the Recovery Zone bonds program, and makes improvements to existing bond and credit programs to help states and local governments leverage private capital to create jobs today and build the infrastructure that is the backbone of future economic growth.





Rep. Gerry Connolly — Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act (HR 11)
Extends the Build America Bonds program, provides additional funding for the Recovery Zone bonds program, and makes improvements to existing bond and credit programs to help states and local governments leverage private capital to create jobs today and build the infrastructure that is the backbone of future economic growth.





Rep. Rosa DeLauro — National Infrastructure Development Bank Act (HR 402)
Establishes a wholly-owned government corporation to facilitate efficient investments in and financing of infrastructure projects — from leading-edge broadband networks and energy delivery systems to modern ports — that foster economic development and keep America competitive.





Rep. John Garamendi — The Airports, Highways, High-Speed Rail, Trains and Transit: Make it in America (HR 613)
Increases domestic content provisions for airports and rolling stock and eliminates non-availability waivers.





Rep. Zoe Lofgren — One Global Internet Act (HR 5694)
Establishes a government task force that would review, prioritize, and act on attempts by foreign governments to degrade or disrupt the flow of goods, services, and/or content on the Internet.





Rep. John Carney — Permanent R&D Tax Credit (HR 1693)
Make permanent and expand the Research and Development Tax Credit so research investments can draw capital that create tomorrow’s jobs.






Rep. Leonard Boswell — Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act (HR 61icon_cool.gif
Establishes a program to guarantee the long-term, secure, and sustainable supply of American manufactured rare earth materials to satisfy the national security, economic well-being, and industrial production needs of America.





Rep. Brad Miller — Energy Critical Elements Renewal Act (HR 952)
Directs the President to promote an adequate and stable supply of American made energy critical elements to satisfy the national security, economic well-being, and industrial production needs of America. Strongly encourages private enterprise in the development of a steady domestic energy critical elements supply chain.






Rep. Hank Johnson and Rep. Ed Markey — Resource Assessment of Rare Earths (RARE) Act (HR 952)
Establishes a three-year, comprehensive global mineral assessment of rare earth elements to improve America’s understanding of and future access to such elements.






Rep. Sander Levin and Rep. Tim Ryan — Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (HR 639)
Levels the playing field for American workers and businesses by granting the President additional means to address undervaluation of currency by foreign governments, which hurts American manufacturing and destroys well paying, high-quality American jobs.






Rep. Chris Van Hollen — Innovative Technologies Investment Incentives Act (HR 1732)
Accelerates innovation, invests in quality, controls costs, and rewards long term commitment to incentivize meaningful investment in our nation’s innovative small companies so we can leverage private capital to create good-paying Americans jobs.






Rep. Terri Sewell — Small Business Start-Up Savings Accounts (HR 1180)
Makes it easier for small business start-ups to succeed by providing for tax exempt savings accounts to pay for trade or business expenses, which includes the purchase of equipment and facilities, marketing, training, incorporation, and accounting fees. Allows annual contributions of up to $10,000 to accounts.