September 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded the passage of a version of his manufacturing jobs bill in the U.S. House of Representatives last evening, and he continued to call for a vote on the legislation in the U.S. Senate.
“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 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.”
The bipartisan “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act” (RAMI) was introduced by U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (N.Y.) and Joe Kennedy (Mass.) in the House. Blunt and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced a version of the bill in the Senate in August 2013, which passed the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee by voice vote in April 2014. For more information on the Brown-Blunt manufacturing bill, please click here.
“We’re thrilled to have such overwhelming bipartisan support for our bill to create high-tech, high-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans,” said Reed. “These are the kinds of jobs that will give 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.”
“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 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.”
“This bill keeps innovation and production here at home,” said 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.”
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