H.R. 5865: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012

H.R. 5865

American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012

Date
September 11, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5865, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  The bill was introduced on May 5, 2012, by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 5865 would direct the president to submit to Congress, and on a public website, a strategy on the Nation’s manufacturing sector not later than June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2018.  In order to produce that strategy, the bill would establish the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board at the Department of Commerce.  The bill would require that the Board be established on the first day of the Presidential terms beginning in 2013 and 2017, and terminate 60 days after submitting its final report on national manufacturing competitiveness. 

The bill would require that members of the Board include, the Secretary of Commerce, governors of two States and from different political parties, two current or former members of the executive branch, and ten individuals from the private sector with experience in delineated area and appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  The Board co-chairmen would be the Secretary of Commerce, and a member elected by the private sector members.  The Board would be authorized to meet in subgroups for specified purposes.  The bill would specify the Board’s quorum requirements, and requirements regarding meetings and hearings. 

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 5865 would cost about $15 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.  However, according to the Energy and Commerce Committee, this score assumes gold-plated staff resources for the board members.  CBO’s initial (and informal) estimate assumed minimal staff support and was substantially lower.