By Christine Dickason
April 10, 2013
Caption : House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer unveiled new initiatives to achieve manufacturing growth in the U.S. at the Center for American Progress.      

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Today, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer unveiled new initiatives for the “Make It In America” plan at the Center for American Progress.

Hoyer detailed four key areas that are crucial to achieving manufacturing growth in the United States.

  1. Adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy.
  2. Promote the export of American goods.
  3. Return jobs and innovation back to the United States.
  4. Train and secure a 21st century workforce.

One of the main barriers to achieving manufacturing growth, Hoyer noted, is the U.S. immigration system.

“Part of investing in a skilled workforce must be to retain foreign students who come here to stay. Too often, we are training talented young individuals, but then our broken immigration system means we lose them to companies overseas,” Hoyer said.

Though Hoyer emphasized that immigration reform must be comprehensive and address more than the economic factors, he said that reform is especially important for economic growth and stability. He said that the comprehensive reform bills that are considered must include Visas for students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

“The U.S. cannot afford to lose our best researchers and innovators, and Congress should take steps to prevent this,” Hoyer said.

A study, “The Economics of Legalizing the Undocumented: What a Path to Citizenship Means for the U.S. Economy,” released by the Center for American Progress found that immigration reform could add $1.1 trillion to the gross domestic product (GDP).

The United States has seen significant growth in the manufacturing sector, which is a reassuring sign for the economy that is still struggling to recover. However, Rep. Hoyer emphasized that the government must continue to work to foster a profitable environment for manufacturers, as manufacturing jobs are important in creating jobs for the middle class.

“For much of the 20th century, manufacturing jobs sustained the growth of a middle class that was secure and confident,” Hoyer asserted.

The initiatives unveiled today will add to the growing list of Make It In America bills that have already been signed into law, including the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act and the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act. Many of these pieces of legislation have passed with strong bipartisan support. Hoyer hopes to see the bipartisan support continue.

“The new Make It In America plan is based on feedback meetings with leaders in business and labor and should have strong bipartisan support.”

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