Reed details need for the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) discussed the need for the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 while touring Nucor’s new solar panel system in Chemung, N.Y., on Monday.

“With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the United States, it’s vitally important our domestic manufacturers are competitive and equipped to ‘make it here, sell it there’ to service all consumers,” Reed said. “The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act I introduced in the House of Representatives will recognize the intelligence capacity of our manufacturers and create an environment where we can commercialize research and development into manufactured products and train an advanced manufacturing workforce to fill high-tech positions like those here at Nucor.”

The legislation was introduced earlier this summer and employs public-private partnerships to combine industry and academia as a means of creating a network of regional institutes across the nation that would coordinate education and training efforts.

Institutes would be selected under the bill’s provisions through a competitive merit review process.

Reed was joined on the bill by Re. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.,), while a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).