U.S. manufacturing growth requires congressional action, says Reed

The nation’s manufacturing sector stands to gain considerable advantages at home and abroad once Congress takes action on recently proposed bills, as well as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) said on Tuesday.

“We are proud to be a constant advocate for U.S. manufacturing in the halls of Congress and the bills introduced will help give our local manufacturers fair access to resources they need to boost jobs,” Rep. Reed said.

The congressman highlighted the Make It in America Manufacturing Communities Act, H.R. 2631; the American Manufacturing Leadership Act, H.R. 2397; and the Chief Manufacturing Officer Act, H.R. 2900, three bipartisan bills he is cosponsoring.

But he said the bills are “only one piece of the puzzle.”

“Speaker Pelosi must put USMCA on the floor for a vote to keep the success of U.S. manufacturing moving in the right direction — otherwise the New York manufacturing jobs we care about could be in jeopardy,” Rep. Reed said, pointing out that more than 21,000 New York manufacturing jobs are at stake over the passage of the USMCA.

Rep. Reed on May 22 introduced H.R. 2900 with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) to create the role of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer, who would be responsible for coordinating and reviewing federal manufacturing-related policies across all agencies and developing a National Manufacturing Strategy.

On May 9, Rep. Reed cosponsored H.R. 2631 with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to designate and support manufacturing communities, which would vie for grants from the proposed Manufacturing Community Support Program.

And in April, Rep. Reed cosponsored H.R. 2397 with U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) to reauthorize the Manufacturing USA program, which creates public-private partnerships that work to secure U.S. manufacturing via innovation, education and collaboration.