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Kinzinger Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Supply Chain

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Washington, DC, December 9, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
This week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced H.R. 6157, the Allies Strengthening Economies And Manufacturing (Allies SEAM) Act.
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Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced H.R. 6157, the Allies Strengthening Economies And Manufacturing (Allies SEAM) Act, which would require the Secretary of State to support the relocation of critical manufacturing from countries to concern to the United States or elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. The Allies SEAM Act would complement ongoing efforts in other committees of jurisdiction to address the ongoing supply chain crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the holidays approach, Americans across the country have witnessed firsthand how supply chain disruptions are impacting our way of life. From shortages in everyday goods to those on which our critical infrastructure relies, we need to ensure our supply chains are protected,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “That’s why I introduced the Allies SEAM Act. By incentivizing companies to relocate their manufacturing to the United States and Western Hemisphere, we would bolster national security, prevent future disruptions to our economy, and provide good-paying jobs in the United States. This legislation, working in conjunction with my Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act, will place American manufacturing on stronger footing moving forward.”

Congressman Kinzinger has been actively working to address the on-going supply chain crisis by crafting legislation and working with colleagues in different Committees to find solutions.

  • In May 2021, the Congressman introduced the bipartisan MADE in The Americas Act, which would deploy a comprehensive strategy to address supply chain concerns by establishing a Manufacturing Security and Resilience Council to oversee national policy and administer several programs included in the legislation to incentivize manufacturers of critical goods to relocate to the U.S. or Western Hemisphere. You can find more details on this legislation here.
  • In October 2021, the Congressman introduced the bipartisan MEANS Act with Reps. Malinowski (D-NJ) and Blunt Rochester (D-DE), which would establish an Office of Manufacturing Security and Resilience in the U.S. Commerce Department. This bill is complemented by three other bipartisan bills that Congressman Kinzinger is the lead Republican sponsor. You can find more information on this legislative effort here.

BACKGROUND: As the United States begins to recover from a once-in-a-century pandemic, Americans have come to understand just how debilitating some of our overlooked or unaddressed supply chain vulnerabilities have 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. In order to address the national security risks of concentrated supply chains, Congress must develop an appropriate slate of incentives for American companies to return their manufacturing to the U.S. or, when not feasible because of market forces, incentivize moving operations to allies and partners, including those in the Western Hemisphere.

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