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Blunt-Backed Provisions to Strengthen America’s Competitive Edge in Manufacturing, R&D Included in Senate-Passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

June 09, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that two measures he introduced to help ensure America remains a leader in manufacturing and the development of new technologies were included in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

“I’m committed to making sure we have policies in place that will ensure the U.S. can continue to lead the way in a global economy,” said Blunt. “These measures will strengthen American manufacturing and bolster federal research and development, which will help industries that are facing more competition from China and other countries than ever before. I urge my colleagues in the House to move quickly and pass this important legislation that will help create jobs, boost growth, and strengthen our nation’s competitive edge.”

Following are the Blunt-backed measures included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act:

Manufacturing: The bill includes Blunt and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (Ohio) provision to expand the national network of manufacturing institutes created under their 2014 Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. Their new provision provides funding to support existing institutes and create 15 new institutes – steps that will help ensure American industry continues to out-innovate the rest of the world.

Research and Development: The legislation includes a version of Blunt and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (Md.) National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act, which helps ensure U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation and strengthens our competitive edge against China and across the global economy.


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