Sens. Brown, Blunt introduce bill to position U.S. as global manufacturing leader

Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced legislation on Thursday that would ensure the U.S. could assume the position as a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which is modeled on the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute launched last August in Youngstown, Ohio. The Ohio institute is the pilot for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation proposed by President Obama.

“This is about providing the manufacturing infrastructure in this country to retain our competitive edge,” Brown said. “Our bipartisan bill would also ensure that American workers, universities, and large and small manufacturers can out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world. We know that manufacturing has strong ripple effects on the rest of our economy and helped build America’s middle class. That is why I am glad to join Senator Blunt in introducing this bill which would create a Network of Manufacturing Innovation. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 would ensure that we don’t cede our American leadership to countries that are racing to get ahead.”

The network would include public-private institutes to bring together academics, federal agencies and industry to accelerate innovation in manufacturing technologies.

“Through this important network of partnerships we can help to accelerate new manufacturing technologies from the research and development phase through the production phase and bolster private sector job creation in America,” Blunt said.

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