July 29, 2010
By Joe Biesk
A plan sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski aimed at developing a national manufacturing strategy cleared the U.S. House Wednesday, 379-38.
Lipinski (D-3rd), of Western Springs, said he's hoping the plan will help boost manufacturing in the United States.
The plan had 60 co-sponsors, including 10 other members if the Illinois congressional delegation.
"Having a manufacturing strategy can really be helpful as the country and the world comes out of a recession," Lipinski said. "I have said since I was first elected that American manufacturing really needs help from Washington."
If approved, the measure would create a national task force that would be expected to make regular recommendations on how to improve manufacturing. The first plan would be expected by February, with new plans every four years by the end of February in the second year of each presidential term, according to a Lipinski news release.
The resolution heads to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.