Sen. Moran Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase U.S. Advanced Manufacturing’s Global Competitiveness
May 10 2019
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection – introduced the Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act, bipartisan legislation that would promote expansion of the national network of Manufacturing USA institutes and strengthen American manufacturing.
“Kansas continues to demonstrate leadership in a number of advanced manufacturing sectors, including aerospace, defense, technology and agriculture,” said Sen. Moran. “As the Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee for Manufacturing, I remain committed to ensuring federal programs such as the Manufacturing USA network are well-resourced and modernized while also accounting for our small- and mid-sized manufacturers to contend with foreign competitors that threaten not only our economic security, but our national security as well.”
The Manufacturing USA program is a national network of 14 public-private partnership institutes with 1,300-member companies and institutions working to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing. The institutes have generated $2 billion in industry-matched funding to transition innovative technologies from lab to market and to expand the production of goods made in America.
The successful Manufacturing USA program is being copied by China, with the “Made in China 2025” plan directly replicating the U.S. institutes. China is making enormous investments in its manufacturing capabilities and has committed to establishing 40 Manufacturing USA-like institutes by 2025. This bill continues U.S. investments to develop new Manufacturing USA institutes and strengthen advanced manufacturing resources for the national network to compete globally and maintain U.S. economic and national security.
The bill also embeds a liaison of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in each Manufacturing USA institute to assist with cybersecurity training, workforce development and technology transfer for small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
The legislation is authored by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).
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