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The Ripon Advance: Four bipartisan Kinzinger bills aim to secure critical U.S. supply chains

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Washington, October 8, 2021 | comments

In addition to being a lead cosponsor on three pieces of bipartisan legislation focused on the nation’s supply chains, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently authored a bipartisan bill that would create a unified national effort to secure critical supply chains and help create jobs.

“The introduction of these bills represents a major first step in addressing the critical supply chain issues we face,” Rep. Kinzinger said on Oct. 6. “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,” he added.

Rep. Kinzinger on Oct. 5 authored and sponsored the Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act, H.R. 5492, with lead original cosponsor U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) to establish an Office of Manufacturing Security and Resilience in the U.S. Commerce Department.

“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,” said Rep. Kinzinger. “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.”

Also on Oct. 5, Rep. Kinzinger cosponsored the Building Resilient Supply Chains Act, H.R. 5495, alongside bill sponsor Rep. Malinowski to establish the Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response Office in the Commerce Department. 

Additionally, Rep. Kinzinger on Oct. 5 cosponsored the Supply Chain Health and Integrity for the Nation Act, also known as the Supply CHAIN Act, H.R. 5479, with bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA) to establish the Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response Office in the Commerce Department.

Lastly, Rep. Kinzinger is a lead original cosponsor of the Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act, H.R. 5505, sponsored on Oct. 5 by U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) to establish a National Resilience Center of Excellence in the Commerce Department. 

“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,” Rep. Kinzinger explained. “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.” 

The congressman added that he’s proud of the work each office has done to get lawmakers to the point of introducing these four bills. “I look forward to keeping up the momentum as we move these through Congress,” said Rep. Kinzinger. “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.”

The original article can be found on The Ripon Advance website here.

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