Congressman Lipinski Introduces Manufacturing Strategy Bill
March 9, 2010
On February 25, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan
National Manufacturing Strategy Act, H.R. 4692, to help American manufacturers
rebound from recent job losses and to ensure they are equipped to thrive in the
Under the legislation, the Administration in consultation
with a newly established Manufacturing Strategy Board would conduct an in-depth
analysis of the nation’s manufacturing sector and develop a comprehensive
strategy for enhancing its competitiveness and promoting its success in the
global economy. The Manufacturing Strategy Board would consist of 21 industry
leaders and stakeholders from across the country, representing businesses both
large and small.
The aim of the strategy, to be issued every four years,
is to harmonize manufacturing policy across the government and ensure that it is
unified, coherent, forward-looking and results-oriented. It would yield specific
goals and recommendations for all levels of government and the private sector.
The Government Accountability Office would be tasked with reviewing the strategy
development process and analyzing the implementation of recommendations. In
addition, the National Academies of Science would be required to conduct
periodic in-depth studies on manufacturing and related issues to aid
policymakers in their quadrennial review.
When crafting the legislation,
Congressman Lipinski’s office sought input from PMA, NTMA and other
manufacturing organizations. This is an important step for development of a
domestic industrialized policy.