Preserving our status as the world’s leading manufacturing economy is vital to maintaining a thriving middle class, a bright economic future, and our nation’s spirit of invention and innovation. As emerging economies create a more competitive global economy, the United States needs a renewed focus on preparing for a new manufacturing renaissance and a national manufacturing strategy that can get us there.
I am a lead co-sponsor on two bills that will bolster US manufacturing:
In addition, I am a member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade where I am able to work on a number of issues impacting manufacturers throughout the 16th District.
Domestic Energy Production
Expanding domestic energy production is vital to fueling our manufacturing sector for generations to come. I have been a vocal advocate for an all-of-the-above energy approach that would lower utility costs for businesses and increase the competitiveness of American manufacturers.
Reducing Government Burdens
For too long, excessive government regulation has driven good, middle class jobs out of the United States and to our foreign competitors. We need to reform the bureaucracy that has become our government in order to create an atmosphere for job creation in a 21st century economy.
We need to simplify our tax code in order to incentivize manufacturers to build their products domestically. Otherwise, manufacturing will be stifled and we will lose the investments already made in the infrastructure, schools, and communities that go with a vibrant economy.
We must actively plan and look to the future with workforce training and development. American workers need to be equipped to tackle the challenges and opportunities that come with a 21st century manufacturing renaissance.