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 sprit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Illinois is a leader in manufacturing, employing hundreds of thousands of people and accounting for around $100 billion in output for the state.
Congress can continue to support our nation’s manufacturing sector by expanding domestic energy production to lower utility costs for businesses and increase the international competitiveness of American manufacturers. By simplifying our tax code, we’ve also empowered manufacturers to invest in their employees, in new infrastructure, and in new technology.
Confidence among individuals working in the manufacturing sector is at an all-time high and I intend to continue to support the growth and expansion of this industry that is so vital to our economy. To stay up to date on the issues that matter most to manufacturers in the 16th Congressional District, I meet regularly with my Manufacturing Advisory Committee to hear directly from leaders in the industry. I also support and advocate for technical training programs and apprenticeships that can inspire and encourage the next generation to pursue a manufacturing career.
Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee
As Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, I’m able to work directly on issues impacting the advanced manufacturing industry and our nation’s workforce. From self-driving car technology to the cybersecurity threats facing small businesses, the Subcommittee is focused on not only bolstering today’s manufacturing sector, but also ensuring America remains a leader as the industry develops and evolves.