WASHINGTON, D.C. – Many lawmakers believe sparking the manufacturing industry in America can create thousands of jobs and help the US economy.
Republican New York Congressman Tom Reed is one of those people. President Obama is, too.
The President made manufacturing rebirth one of the main priorities in his State of the Union Address this year.
“We also have the chance, right now, to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs,” Obama said.
Congressman Reed helped author a bill called RAMI or “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act.” It’s a bill that would train the work force, and put more effort and funding into manufacturers in America. So far in Congress, the bill has had a lot of positive support.
“It shows me there is a path to the finish line,” Reed said. “We’re just educating our fellow members on it in the House, and working on the Senate. And just trying to do the grunt work of getting the legislation done.”
But Reed says the success of the bill relies on one very important factor.
“We need to produce the workers that have the skill set to make it here, sell it there,” he said.
Federal funds have already been set aside for this fiscal year to implement and maintain RAMI initiatives. Co-sponsors continue to gather support for the bill because they say it could mean the creation of tens of thousands of jobs in the very near future.