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Kinzinger Leads on Supply Chain & Manufacturing Bills

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Washington, DC, October 6, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
In addition to being a lead cosponsor on three pieces of bipartisan legislation focused on this important issue, Congressman Kinzinger authored and introduced H.R. 5492, the Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act to institute a unified national effort to secure our critical supply chains and help create jobs.
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WASHINGTON, DC – After months of work on addressing the supply chain crisis happening in the United States, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced and cosponsored four pieces of bipartisan legislation this week that will bolster our manufacturing and support our national and economic security. In addition to being a lead cosponsor on three pieces of bipartisan legislation focused on this important issue, Congressman Kinzinger authored and introduced H.R. 5492, the Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act to institute a unified national effort to secure our critical supply chains and help create jobs.

Congressman Kinzinger was joined by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) in the introduction of the MEANS Act and shortly after the bill was introduced, he shared this statement:

The bipartisan MEANS Act will create a unified national effort—spanning all levels of government, in partnership with industry, academia, and the workforce—to secure critical supply chains, bolster manufacturing sectors, and create jobs. The MEANS Act is complemented by the other bipartisan bills introduced this week, fitting together to bring about the tools we need to rise to the great challenges before us.

“I’m proud of the work each office has done to get us to this point and look forward to keeping up the momentum as we move these through Congress. I started this process last year, culminating in the MADE in the Americas Act, which I introduced in May to address the issues in our supply chain vulnerabilities and to incentivize more manufacturing to be done here in the United States. It’s been a great deal of work to get from MADE to MEANS, but I’m grateful to the efforts of my staff and those of the offices we worked with on these four pieces of legislation. There was give and take on both sides, and that is the essence of compromise and bipartisanship—it’s how legislating is supposed to be done.

“I extend my thanks and congratulations to each of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but want to give a special thank you to Rep. Malinowski (D-NJ), with whom I serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Blunt Rochester (D-DE), with whom I serve on Energy and Commerce, for signing on as original cosponsors to the MEANS Act.

“The introduction of these bills represents a major first step in addressing the critical supply chain issues we face. I believe my colleagues would agree these bills are not yet perfect, and each measure will require further negotiations and consultations with stakeholders and experts. But I am committed to remaining engaged to see this through so that we may strengthen our national and economic security for generations to come.”

The four pieces of partnered legislation introduced this week, where Congressman Kinzinger co-led the efforts, can be found below:

H.R. 5492, the Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act, introduced by Reps. Kinzinger (R-IL), Malinowski (D-NJ), & Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

H.R. 5495, the Building Resilient Supply Chains Act, introduced by Reps. Malinowski (D-NJ), Kinzinger (R-IL), & Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

H.R. 5479, the Supply Chain Health And Integrity for the Nation (Supply CHAIN) Act, introduced by Reps. Bourdeaux (D-GA), Kinzinger (R-IL), & Kelly (D-IL)

H.R. 5505, the Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act, introduced by Reps. Wild (D-PA), Kinzinger (R-IL), & Dingell (D-MI)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

As the spread of COVID-19 began accelerating, the United States quickly came to understand just how debilitating some of our overlooked or unaddressed supply chain vulnerabilities had become. As a result of the consolidation of vital manufacturing sectors, the People’s Republic of China was able to threaten to withhold certain goods from the U.S., such as lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE), active pharmaceutical ingredients, and other critical equipment. For these reasons, and after 14 months of development and consultation with experts, Congressmen Kinzinger (R-IL) and Crow (D-CO) introduced H.R. 3309, the MADE in the Americas Act, on May 18, 2021. The legislation was designed to address these grave national security issues posed by countries of concern.

In the months that followed, Congressman Kinzinger and his staff continued to engage with stakeholders, think tanks, the Administration, and the Committees of jurisdiction to seek constructive criticism and gain support. These engagements led to discussions with Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee majority staff, who were in the early stages of coordinating with six majority member offices to develop policy proposals—proposals that were similar to those found in the MADE in the Americas Act, and that aligned with the White House’s 100-Day Supply Chain Review, released in June. Some weeks later, Congressman Kinzinger’s office agreed to negotiate with the six majority member offices and E&C majority staff in the hopes of aligning and improving policies and, ultimately, producing strong bipartisan products.

The discussions and negotiations were productive, but not without challenges. In the midst of bipartisan negotiations, House Democrats made a decision to include a “skinny” version of their supply chain proposals in the E&C’s portions of partisan Reconciliation Package (a version short on policy or clarity but would comply with Reconciliation instructions and, presumably, survive “Byrd Rule” scrutiny in the Senate). Congressman Kinzinger made his objections known privately and then publicly during the three-day markup of the Committee’s portion of the Reconciliation package.

During that public exchange, which can be found here, Congressman Kinzinger sought (and received) assurances that the Democrats intended for the negotiations to continue with transparency and in good faith, regardless of the fate of the Reconciliation package. In the three weeks following the markup, and after tough but amicable negotiations involving give and take on both sides, Congressman Kinzinger and his six majority colleagues reached broad agreement on policy and language, which yielded four separate-but-related bipartisan bills.

Although no formal decisions have been made or announced, these bills and others are expected to receive Committee consideration soon.

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