Sending Office: Honorable Haley M. Stevens
Please join me in sponsoring H.R. 2397, The American Manufacturing Leadership Act, to promote the technology and skilled workforce necessary to grow U.S. competitiveness in advanced manufacturing. This bill would:
- Reauthorize and amend the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2014 and extend it to all agencies sponsoring centers for manufacturing innovation through the Manufacturing USA program.
- Strengthen the institutes’ role in advanced manufacturing workforce development and in outreach to and inclusion of small and medium sized businesses.
- Authorize agencies to renew institutes for an additional period of funding following a rigorous review of the institute’s progress toward meeting measurable goals.
- Expand the authorities of the Manufacturing USA Program office housed at NIST to collaborate with other agencies, including to develop network-wide performance goals.
- Encourage the Program office to develop pilot programs and identify and disseminate best practices in education and workforce training for the institutes.
The Manufacturing USA Institutes provide critical U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. The institutes serve as unique collaborative platforms for U.S. industry and academia to exchange best-in-class expertise to solve challenges and push the
bounds of innovation. The strength of these institutes lies in the public-private partnership. The private partners, who contribute at least a 50 percent of the cost, come together to collaborate on pre-competitive R&D in specific technology areas.
Governments in free-market economies around the world have stepped up their investments in converting basic research into new manufacturing goods and processes. Today, Japan spends about 7% of its government R&D budget on this translational research. Germany
spends about 12%. South Korea spends about 30%. The U.S., in contrast, spends just 0.5%.
We must also recognize the need to develop and elevate the priority of a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce. The demand for manufacturing jobs is met with a gulf of readily available workers — Currently, the skills gap for advanced technology jobs
is projected to leave nearly 2.4 million positions unfilled between today and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion.
H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act, or AMLA, will ensure that the program can continue to contribute to the growth of our domestic advanced manufacturing industry and an advanced manufacturing workforce to fill the high-skills
jobs of the future.
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