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Why I Support Make It In America

By DAN LIPINSKI  •  Friday, April 19, 2013

It seems that in every election — like the last presidential election — candidates in both parties talk a lot about how they are going to help the middle class. But once the election is over, they go back to promoting policies that hurt the middle class, especially when it comes to jobs.
 
Case in point is the administration’s decision last week that failed to label China a “currency manipulator” when it is clear that the Chinese government continues to cheat. For years, China has actively kept their currency at a low value compared to the dollar to help steal American jobs. Once again, Washington did not stand up to China on behalf of American workers.
 
But I have consistently stood up for the middle class, especially when it comes to manufacturing. That is why last week I joined a number of my Democratic colleagues in the House to unveil the 2013 Make It In America legislative agenda. This group of bills would help provide the best conditions for American manufacturers to create jobs here at home. As someone who has championed domestic manufacturing since arriving in Congress, I believe this agenda continues the important work of helping our communities recover by highlighting what America does best — American workers producing quality products made in the U.S.A.
 
Make It In America is an initiative led by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.-5th), but it offers legislation that should gain bipartisan support across the country. In fact, Make It In America campaigns in the previous two Congresses have enjoyed strong bipartisan support and led to the adoption of 10 laws to help the middle class.
 
Make It In America legislation in this Congress’ aim to make progress in four main areas: developing a national manufacturing strategy, increasing manufacturing exports, encouraging businesses to bring jobs back home, and investing in training and keeping a skilled workforce needed to compete in the 21st century.
 
I am contributing two pieces of legislation: the Customs Training Enhancement Act and the American Manufacturing Competiveness Act.
 
The Customs Training Enhancement Act will enable American firms and workers who are undercut by illegal imports to work with Customs to maximize our ability to stop those illicit goods at our ports. Far too often we hear about foreign suppliers using mislabeling to evade anti-dumping or countervailing duties — measures put in place to protect American manufacturers and workers from unfair trade. This legislation will encourage private-public partnerships to improve our customs enforcement and protect American jobs.
 
Very soon, I plan to reintroduce my American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, which will bring business, labor, academia, and the government together to develop recommendations for policies that would promote American manufacturing. Manufacturing is vital to American jobs and our national defense. While countless federal laws, regulations, and agencies impact manufacturing in America, there has been no coordination, hurting our competitiveness.
 
Both of these bills address many of the key issues facing the middle class and those who aspire to work to reach the middle class. I am proud to sponsor them.
 
Other pieces of the Make It In America agenda include legislation that will invest in critical infrastructure by using materials produced domestically and a bill that eliminates the tax deduction for moving expenses for companies sending jobs overseas and provides a tax credit for companies that bring jobs back. For a complete list, visit http://www.democraticwhip.gov/issues/make-it-america.
 
The Make It In America agenda has been successful because it gives American businesses and middle-class workers the tools to help them grow and succeed. That’s something I have always been proud to support. — City & Suburban News-Herald