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house Bill H.R. 2397

Should the Manufacturing USA Program be Reauthorized with Additional Funds?

Argument in favor

The Manufacturing USA Program provides important support for the American manufacturing industry and encourages innovation in the sector. Without this program, key government support for manufacturing would dry up, hurting American manufacturing workers and companies — especially in regions like the Rust Belt where manufacturing has dropped off from its historic peak.

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08/01/2019
We need to fund any and all American based industries: steel, environmental or green, recycling, and banking. This is my country and yours and no Russian is worth my effort or yours. Tax the one percent and keep American diversity and abilities at the top of the heap.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t subsidize the American manufacturing industry through programs like this one, which the GAO identified as having accountability problems. Alternatively, this bill doesn’t provide enough funding for manufacturers to make a major impact in economically distressed areas that have historically relied upon manufacturing.

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07/22/2019
Pure corporate leeching. Stop corporate welfare. Corporations ARE NOT PEOPLE!
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    IntroducedApril 30th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2397?

This bill — the American Manufacturing Leadership Act — would reauthorize the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which established the Manufacturing USA program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Under RAMI, the Depts. of Commerce (DOC), Energy (DOE) and Defense (DOD) are each allowed to provide funds to RAMI Institutes for five- to seven-year terms.

It would also strengthen RAMI Institutes’ roles in advanced manufacturing workforce development and engagement with small- and medium-sized businesses through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. 

This bill would also increase overall funding for the Manufacturing USA program by $128 million, with funds to be allocated at the following levels (under current law, the DOE is authorized to transfer a total of $250 million to NIST for the Manufacturing USA program over the 2015-2024 period): 

  • $25 million annually to NIST in support of Manufacturing USA for the FY2020-2024 period; and
  • $70 million annually for the DOE in FY2020-2021 and $84 million annually for FY2022-2023

Further, this bill would implement a new review process to allow RAMI Institutes to continue receiving federal funding and strengthen RAMI Institutes’ abilities to contribute to regional economic development and innovation goals. Finally, it’d expand the NIST’s Manufacturing USA Program office’s authority to collaborate with other agencies (including for the purpose of developing network-wide performance goals) and encourage the office to develop pilot programs to identify and disseminate best practices in education and workforce training amongst the institutes.

In order to ensure accountability, this bill would direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the Manufacturing USA program every three years.

Impact

American manufacturing industry; RAMI Act; DOE; DOD; DOE; and the Manufacturing USA Program.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2397

$218.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $218 million over the 2020-2024 period.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) introduced this bill to reauthorize and improve the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act

“Before serving in Congress, I worked at a Manufacturing USA Institute conducting research on digital manufacturing techniques and the future of work. I have seen how Manufacturing USA uses the public-private partnership model to create a unique collaborative platform for U.S. industry and academia to exchange best-in-class expertise to solve challenges and push the bounds of innovation. I am proud to introduce the bipartisan American Manufacturing Leadership Act to ensure that the Manufacturing USA Institutes can continue their great work. This will help the companies in my district stay at the forefront of global innovation in advanced manufacturing technologies, while continuing to develop the workforce of today and tomorrow.”

In remarks at this bill’s markup by the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, Rep. Stevens added

“Today, there are 14 institutes in the network, including the LIFT institute in Southeast Michigan… [T]he 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. They are only able to do this because of support from the Federal government in the planning, development, management, and operations for each institute. The federal funding also helps research, education, and outreach activities that the private sector is unlikely to support on its own. The Manufacturing USA Institutes are a critical part of U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. The institutes provide a unique collaborative platform for U.S. industry and academia to exchange best-in-class expertise to solve challenges and push the bounds of innovation. In 2017 alone, Manufacturing USA raised almost $180 million in investments from the private sector from nearly 1,300 manufacturers, universities, community colleges, government labs, and NGOs. The Program is making great strides in workforce development as well. For example, in 2017 the LIFT institute reached over 160,000 students across the country through innovative web-based curricula as well as in-person training programs. These programs taught our students about the science and technology used by materials manufacturers and manufacturing processes. 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.”

The Alliance for American Manufacturing is among a number of organizations that supports this bill. Its president, Scott Paul, says

“The Alliance for American Manufacturing lauds the introduction of The American Manufacturing Leadership Act. Manufacturing USA was created to bolster domestic manufacturing by fostering collaborative innovation clusters that help manufacturers invent, adopt, and produce next generation technologies and products. It is critical to our nation’s long-term success that investments in research and development translate to the transfer of new technologies and techniques to U.S. manufacturers and fabricators.  By bringing together government, industry and academia to cultivate innovation and R&D in emerging industries, Manufacturing USA’s network of manufacturing institutes is an integral part of this effort strengthen our economy’s competitiveness and create good manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S. This bipartisan legislation will strengthen our innovation ecosystem by promoting more robust outreach to small and medium sized businesses, strengthening the institutes’ role in workforce development, and encouraging the establishment of additional manufacturing institutes to ensure the U.S. continues to be a global leader in manufacturing technology.”

This bill unanimously passed the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology with the support of 22 bipartisan cosponsors, including 16 Democrats and six Republicans.

It also has the support of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Association of American Universities, Association for Manufacturing Technology, American Small Manufacturers Coalition, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, BPC Action and others.


Of NoteRAMI — passed in 2014 — formalized Manufacturing USA, a public-private network of 14 manufacturing institutes. It seeks to promote U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing by bringing federal agencies, manufacturers, universities, community colleges and nonprofits together to catalyze new technologies, meet research needs and train the workforce of the future.

In a May 2019 report evaluating the Manufacturing USA program, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the NIST, DOE and DOD hadn’t developed criteria “to evaluate whether the [RAMI] institutes will be able to sustain their operations.” In its report, the GAO found that lack of evaluation criteria to determine RAMI Institutes’ long-term sustainability in the event of reduced federal funding might make Congressional appropriators hesitate to provide more money for the program, even if DOE and DOC authorization levels increase. Thus, the GAO recommended that the NIST “develop and implement network-wide performance goals for the Manufacturing USA program with measurable targets and time frames.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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American Manufacturing Leadership Act

Official Title

American Manufacturing Leadership Act, as amended

    Pure corporate leeching. Stop corporate welfare. Corporations ARE NOT PEOPLE!
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    While I find Curt’s comment foolish and unhelpful in moving our country in the correct direction as this is a bipartisan bill, I cannot support this bill in its current form. I support just about anything that restarts the rust belt, I am tired of doing this through subsidizing industries with federal monies. It is interesting that the bill indicates the amount two of the departments will contribute but not the DOD which concerns me greatly. There also appears to be a lack of an accountability system in place or designed. Until those things occur, I cannot support it.
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    No industry should be subsidized.
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    Let’s stop subsidizing any industry, including agriculture. Let’s also stop providing ALL Corporate welfare. We are a country of people. Corporations are not people. Corporations are more or less robots. Should Corporations be classified as Robots?? Yes, this would be more fitting and appropriate.
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    The funding of this bill doesn’t ensure anything is actually manufactured. Stop wasting taxpayer money on things the free market can do better than government.
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    Having nearly trillion dollar deficits under GOP
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    Not if they manufacture their products outside the US.
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    NEVER BACK A DEMONCRAT bill!
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    The rust belt does need help, however I am concerned about all these corporate bail outs. The tariffs placed on China prompted the farmer bail out which should not have happened!
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    Help us keep innovation here
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    Corporate Welfare!
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    Americans jobs!
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    We need to fund any and all American based industries: steel, environmental or green, recycling, and banking. This is my country and yours and no Russian is worth my effort or yours. Tax the one percent and keep American diversity and abilities at the top of the heap.
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