Jul 21 2017

VIDEO: Blunt Marks ‘Made in America’ Week

“An Economy That Makes Things & Grows Things is the Strongest Economy for Working American Families”

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to mark ‘Made in America’ week. Blunt noted that American manufacturing accounts for over 12 million jobs in the country, including more than 260,000 in Missouri. Blunt highlighted his efforts to promote American manufacturing through his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, and called for continued action to strengthen U.S. manufacturing by improving our infrastructure and reining in excessive regulations.

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Following are key excerpts from Blunt’s remarks:

“When we have an economy that focuses on making things and growing things, that’s always been the strongest economy for working American families. …

“[M]anufacturing employs 12.3 million people in the country today, including more than 260,000 people in my state of Missouri. There’s no doubt that we benefit from those kinds of jobs. I was glad that in 2014 we were able to get the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act signed into law. This was a new way, a new opportunity for businesses to link with each other, and to link with training facilities, and maybe research universities, you had to have that kind of public partner as well to see what we could do to be even more competitive than we are. …

“Business are really very much impacted, jobs are very much impacted, by the decisions that government ultimately sets the stage for. If you’re going to make something in America today, the first two boxes I think you would have to check would be can you pay the utility bill, and does the transportation system work for what you’re trying to do. If you can’t check those two boxes, no matter how great that workforce and that location might be, you’re not going to take those jobs there.  …

That’s why I was really glad to see the new director of the Environmental Protection Agency…look at the power rule and look at states like many of our states in the middle of the country, where in my state, the so-called Clean Power Rule, would have doubled the utility bill for families and the places they work in about 10 or 12 years, and by the way Mr. President, nobody pays the utility bill for you. …

“And so, as the president focuses, I think properly, on the kinds of American jobs that create stronger families and more opportunities, we don’t want to lose this week without being there also, thinking about those jobs, thinking about the 12.3 million Americans that work in making things, thinking about the more than a quarter of a million Missourians that do that. Thinking about the others that work at growing things. An economy that makes things and grows things, is a stronger economy than an economy where people just trade services with each other.”