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house Bill H.R. 2631

'Make It In America': Should a Federal Program Supporting Manufacturing Be Permanent?

Argument in favor

American manufacturing needs a boost that this bill would provide. Creating regional manufacturing partnerships will help communities invigorate manufacturing, benefitting local economies and workers.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/28/2019
By All Means.... Make It Permanent...... American manufacturing needs a boost that this bill would provide. Creating regional manufacturing partnerships will help communities invigorate manufacturing, benefitting local economies and workers. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 628.19.....
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jimK's Opinion
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06/28/2019
Our ability to manufacture was key to our success in WW2- and it used to be the envy of the world. Sadly, we have moved most of this offshore. This funding is an opportunity to jump start new tech into manufacturing processes and to train people in state-of-the-art methods- particularly those who have been displaced by economic changes. I would like to see some of it directed to green-tech solutions; wind turbines, solar farms, carbon-capture, carbon-gobbling bio farms, electric powered vehicles and new stuff that I cannot even imagine. I think it is a step in the right direction- although I do have to question the notion of making any government program 鈥減ermanent鈥.
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Gopin2018's Opinion
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06/28/2019
I fully support making this program permanent, I believe in buying American, making things here in America like we us to. I try to buy American whenever possible. #MAGA
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Argument opposed

Businesses should make enough money to support themselves without government assistance. If the manufacturing industry can鈥檛 be competitive without federal funds, it鈥檚 likely the case that it鈥檚 no longer right for the communities it鈥檚 struggling in.

ShalonMarie's Opinion
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06/28/2019
I am not a socialist, so that鈥檚 a negative 馃憥馃徔 for me. I鈥檓 sure some hypocritical conservatives are going to say yes to this. If an industry is becoming obsolete, let the demand show its true decline. We can Make America Great Again by putting money into technology and renewable resources.
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Mark's Opinion
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06/28/2019
No more socialist welfare for capitalist and corporatist while the working classes are stuck with capitalism. No more subsidizing corporations at the expense of working class Americans who鈥檚 tax dollars fund these types of government assistance!
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Jim2423's Opinion
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06/28/2019
I realize other countries subsidize their industries. We are a Republic based on Capitalism. So we should not have government intervention with any business. What our government needs to do is discourage businesses going out of country. Profits mean more than American security. Tax the hell out of imports made by American companies overseas. We need factories to return to America and American companies rather than foreign investors reaping our money.
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  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMay 9th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2631?

This bill 鈥 the Make It In America Manufacturing Communities Act 鈥 would codify the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which allows communities around the country to compete to receive preferential consideration for federal economic development funds. The Economic Development Administration (EDA), which is currently responsible for administering this program, would remain responsible for it.

To compete for funding through this program and earn the 鈥淢anufacturing Communities鈥 designation, communities would create regional partnerships with key stakeholders, such as local and state economic development officials, local governments, manufacturers, labor organizations, and higher education or other training providers. To earn the Manufacturing Communities designation, communities would be required to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing in their region and develop strategies to utilize their 鈥淢anufacturing Communities鈥 designation in making investments in six areas:

  • Workforce training and retraining;
  • Advanced research;
  • Infrastructure and site development;
  • Supply chain support;
  • Promotion of exports and foreign direct investment; and
  • Operational improvement and capital access for manufacturers that supports energy or process efficiency, equipment or facility upgrades, the development of business incubators, among other activities.

Impact

Manufacturing industry; regional economic partnerships; Economic Development Administration; and the Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2631

$5.00 Million
Last Congress, the CBO estimated that this bill would cost $5 million over the 2018-2022 period for the Economic Development Administration to operate the program and to cover increased administrative costs to federal agencies that participate in the program.

More Information

In-DepthRep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced this bill from the 114th and 115th Congresses to codify the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) and bolster American manufacturing. When he introduced this bill in the 115th Congress, Rep. Cicilline said:

鈥淕ood-paying jobs in manufacturing built Rhode Island鈥檚 middle class. It鈥檚 time we reclaim our identity as a leading center of American manufacturing and innovation. Let鈥檚 start making things in Rhode Island and America once again. I鈥檓 proud to reintroduce the bipartisan Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act. This bill will help Rhode Island better compete for federal funding to grow manufacturing jobs and strengthen our local economy. Let鈥檚 keep Rhode Island moving forward.鈥

This bill has five bipartisan cosponsors, including four Democrats and one Republican, in the current Congress. Last Congress, it had 12 bipartisan House cosponsors, including nine Democrats and three Republicans, and didn鈥檛 receive a committee vote.


Of NoteThe Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) was started by the Obama administration to incentivize and facilitate collaboration between private and public sector stakeholders in U.S. manufacturing communities. It seeks to support growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector, the creation of new manufacturing jobs, regional economic growth and increased federal support for regional economic and workforce development objectives.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / ipopba)

AKA

Make It In America Manufacturing Communities Act

Official Title

To improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing by designating and supporting manufacturing communities.

    By All Means.... Make It Permanent...... American manufacturing needs a boost that this bill would provide. Creating regional manufacturing partnerships will help communities invigorate manufacturing, benefitting local economies and workers. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 628.19.....
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    I am not a socialist, so that鈥檚 a negative 馃憥馃徔 for me. I鈥檓 sure some hypocritical conservatives are going to say yes to this. If an industry is becoming obsolete, let the demand show its true decline. We can Make America Great Again by putting money into technology and renewable resources.
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    Our ability to manufacture was key to our success in WW2- and it used to be the envy of the world. Sadly, we have moved most of this offshore. This funding is an opportunity to jump start new tech into manufacturing processes and to train people in state-of-the-art methods- particularly those who have been displaced by economic changes. I would like to see some of it directed to green-tech solutions; wind turbines, solar farms, carbon-capture, carbon-gobbling bio farms, electric powered vehicles and new stuff that I cannot even imagine. I think it is a step in the right direction- although I do have to question the notion of making any government program 鈥減ermanent鈥.
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    No more socialist welfare for capitalist and corporatist while the working classes are stuck with capitalism. No more subsidizing corporations at the expense of working class Americans who鈥檚 tax dollars fund these types of government assistance!
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    I fully support making this program permanent, I believe in buying American, making things here in America like we us to. I try to buy American whenever possible. #MAGA
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    I realize other countries subsidize their industries. We are a Republic based on Capitalism. So we should not have government intervention with any business. What our government needs to do is discourage businesses going out of country. Profits mean more than American security. Tax the hell out of imports made by American companies overseas. We need factories to return to America and American companies rather than foreign investors reaping our money.
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    What a pretty title for a horrible idea. I am 100% against corporate welfare.
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    There鈥檚 an unhealthy obsession with manufacturing in the US. It鈥檚 an easy talking point, an easy place for politicians to say they鈥檙e fighting for the average American and so on, but it鈥檚 not the conversation we need to have. Automation has and will continue to displace manufacturing positions, so there needs to be a shift to a different sort of economy. It鈥檚 the same basic scenario as when Ford implemented its assembly line and other industries followed suit. We adapted our economy then, perhaps somewhat unsuccessfully, and it鈥檚 time to do it again. There鈥檚 generally no good reason to not automate what can be automated, so it鈥檚 not that we should even fight the automation age. We need to accept and adapt. Bills such as this one appear to focus on an era that has ended and don鈥檛 serve to provide any long-term solutions. In a global economy the location of a manufacturing site is of little consequence, except for the cost, waste, and environmental impacts associated with acquiring raw materials and components and the distribution of the finished products. Even much of the manufacturing work in China and other regions associated with lower production costs is being done through automation rather than through sweatshop labor, particularly with regards to high-tech items. So, again, we need to be having a different conversation, not creating jobs for the sake of creating jobs. We need to work on ideas for creating new labor arenas for the middle class that incorporate future-focused thinking and predicting what changes are coming in the short and long terms.
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    Say no to socialism!
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    No corporate welfare.
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    I support this, even if it smells like Trump. But I have a question....will the people at these factories be allowed to unionize and will they be paid a decent wage? Again, I cannot trust anything fromPresident Pig.
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    Why support them? Haven鈥檛 they been supported enough with the tax cut while making huge profits off the underpaid backs of their employees? This money the government keeps spending is not limitless.
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    We should have never given companies leave in the first place
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    This is a cheap program that could benefit many communities across the country. From where coal mines have closed to where agriculture is now failing to areas where good employment has departed. Make this happen!
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    There needs to be assurances that large numbers of well-paying manufacturing jobs are actually being created as a result of these programs. Otherwise, this is just more money for large, incredibly profitable corporations while ordinary Americans get screwed.
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    Solyndra was a perfect example of why this is a bad idea. Competition doesn鈥檛 work when big government sticks their finger in the middle of markets. Companies loose incentive to innovate and reduce costs when governments choose winners and losers.
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    At a cost of $5 million to cover increased administrative costs to federal agencies that participate in the program? Absolutely not! Whatever the government gives, it can take away. (Remember that when you vote for a Democrat, oops, socialist, who's promising you free medical care, college...) Keep the government out of private industry.
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    Cronyism: government bureaucrats picking winners and losers. This has always ended badly. Only a free market will work here. Governments that don鈥檛 trade fairly, will get tariffed in apportion to their unfair trade practices.
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    No because just as in any socialistic country, good intentions turn rotten when a few people are given a lot of money and the responsibility to redistribute it. This is how millionaires are made in so called classless societies like Russia, China and Venezuela, while the masses are kept down.
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    Our government needs to do all it can to not only Jeep manufacturing jobs here but to entice more factories to come here. America needs to become as self reliant as possible
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