Comments on the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Ranking Member, Members of the Committee, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to testify today before the Committee.

I am here to discuss the need for a “manufacturing innovation network,” as proposed in H.R. 2996, the “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.”

H.R. 2996 proposes to appropriate $600 million to establishing a Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program consisting of centers for manufacturing innovation. These centers are meant to “address challenges in advanced manufacturing” to retain or expand “industrial production and jobs in the United States.” They must do so in areas determined by the Secretary of commerce to be of importance in attaining these goals, and they must feature representatives from multiple “entities” from a broad range of categories. The Secretary of Commerce’s decision as to which centers are worthy of federal funding will be based, besides these overall goals, on criteria including the involvement of small- and medium-size manufacturing firms, as well as “how the center for manufacturing innovation will strengthen and leverage the assets of a region.”

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