House Democrats Offer Manufacturing Agenda as Alternative to GOP Priorities
By Alan K. Ota
House Democrats are offering their alternative to the Republican majority’s legislative agenda, focusing on such traditional liberal proposals as a national manufacturing strategy and domestic content requirements.
The Democrats say their “Make It in America” agenda would do more to create jobs than GOP priorities such as expansion of offshore oil drilling, repeal of the health care law and a ban on federal funding of abortion.
Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland said Democrats will use procedural motions and other tactics if necessary to force votes on their proposals, including a bill (HR 1366) sponsored by Daniel Lipinski of Illinois to develop a national manufacturing strategy and a measure (HR 613) offered by John Garamendi of California to require more than 60 percent — and eventually 100 percent — domestic content in vehicles and other equipment used in federally funded transportation projects.
“There’s nothing partisan about the Make It in America agenda. It has won the support of business and labor leaders alike,” Hoyer said. “All Americans have a common interest in out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors, so that America can win the future.”
Lipinski’s bill would require the president to submit a strategy every four years for promoting the growth of manufacturing companies with the help of a new Commerce Department board. Lipinski said he is urging Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to help move the proposal, which is similar to a bill the House passed last July by a margin of 379-38, with the support of both Cantor and now-Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio.
Hoyer said the Democratic agenda also includes his own proposal to provide support for job training partnerships that link manufacturing companies with community colleges and technical schools.
Democrat Sander M. Levin of Michigan said he will push for an extension (HR 992) through 2012 of the Build America bonds program to support infrastructure projects.
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