H.R. 2996, Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013

H.R. 2996

Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, House will consider H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014, as amended, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2996 was introduced on August 2, 2013 by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2996 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to develop the Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program (Network).  The program is designed to: 1) improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and production; 2) stimulate U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing research, innovation, and technology; 3) facilitate the transition of innovative technologies into scalable, cost-effective, and high-performing manufacturing capabilities; 4) facilitate access by manufacturing enterprises to capital-intensive infrastructure; 5) accelerate the development of an advanced manufacturing workforce; 6) facilitate peer exchange and documentation of best practices in addressing advanced manufacturing challenges; 7) leverage non-Federal sources of support to promote a stable and sustainable business model without the need for long-term federal funding; and 8) to create and preserve jobs.  The Secretary is directed to support the Network and to facilitate the establishment of centers for manufacturing innovation.

Centers for manufacturing innovation are established under this Act to address challenges in advanced manufacturing and to assist manufacturers in retaining or expanding industrial production and jobs throughout the U.S.  The centers will be involved in research, development, and demonstration projects; education, workforce training and recruitment; the introduction of new technologies into supply chains; and outreach and engagement with small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises.  The Secretary will, through a competitive merit review process, award financial assistance to a person or group to assist in the planning or establishment of a center for manufacturing innovation.

Within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary is directed to develop  a National Program Office for the Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program.  The functions of the office are: 1) to oversee the planning, management, and coordination of the Program; 2) to enter into memorandums of understanding with Federal departments and agencies whose missions contribute to advanced manufacturing; 3) to develop and update a strategic plan to guide the program; 4) to establish procedures, processes, and criteria to maximize cooperation and coordination with other Federal departments and agencies; 5) to establish a clearinghouse of public information related to the program’s activities; and 6) to act as a convener of the Network.  The Secretary is directed to solicit recommendations from stakeholders.  Upon completion, the Secretary is required to submit the strategic plan in addition to other regular assessments and reports.  Moreover, the Secretary is required to establish a regional innovation program to encourage and support the development of regional innovation strategies and clusters.  The Secretary is permitted to use no more than $10 million in each of fiscal years 2015 to 2019 to carry out this program.

Cost

A formal CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.  However, this legislation is not expected to have a significant effect on direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.