CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 4692 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) on February 25, 2010. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce ordered the bill to be reported by voice vote on July 21, 2010.
H.R. 4692 would require the president to submit a quadrennial national manufacturing strategy policy plan to Congress by July of the second year of each presidential term, and requires the first plan to be submitted within one year after enactment.
Establishment of Manufacturing Strategy Board: The bill requires the president to establish a Manufacturing Strategy Board within the Commerce Department, which would be chaired by the Commerce Secretary. Members of the board would include other cabinet secretaries, governors, and labor organization managers. The bill requires the board would meet at least twice per year, and at least four times per year during a year when a new national manufacturing strategy plan is provided by the president.
Duties of Manufacturing Strategy Board: The board would have several responsibilities, including advising the president and Congress on issues affecting the nation's manufacturing sector, conducting a comprehensive analysis of the manufacturing sector, and developing a national manufacturing strategy.
The bill requires the president to develop short-term and long-term goals for the national manufacturing strategy plan that take the findings of the comprehensive analysis into account. The bill requires the plan to include recommendations on how to achieve the stated goals. H.R. 4692 also requires the national manufacturing strategy plan to be published in the Federal Register and open to public comment and review.
The bill requires that the president submit a report to Congress on the national manufacturing strategy plan, which would include estimates for the short-term and long-term implications for federal outlays and revenue changes necessary to implement the plan.
Manufacturing is an important part of the U.S. economy, serving as a major employer, producer and exporter. At the end of 2009, the U.S. manufacturing sector employed more than 11.5 million people— compared to 17.3 million people in 1999—resulting in a reduction of 5.8 million people employed in the sector over the 10 year period.
There are currently several federal working groups and a variety of programs to support U.S. manufacturing, including: the Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing Competitiveness; the Commerce Department's Manufacturing Council; the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program; and the Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing Research and Development, run through the National Science and Technology Council.
The Congressional Budget Office has not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 4692 as of press time.