The NAM strongly supports reauthorization of the COMPETES Act, as its programs are working to strengthen innovation in the U.S. manufacturing sector and to build a stronger workforce. Key programs in H.R. 5116 of significant interest to manufacturers include: federal funding for basic R&D; the Advanced Research Projects Administration for Energy (ARPA-E); the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which helps thousands of small and medium manufacturers increase their productivity and technological capabilities; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grants that will help increase the number and quality of students receiving degrees in areas of importance to manufacturers.
The House Science and Technology Committee has a variety of background materials on the legislation.
NAM President John Engler testified on the legislation before the committee at a Jan. 20 hearing, “America COMPETES: Big Picture Perspectives on the Need for Innovation, Investments in R&D and a Commitment to STEM Education.” Engler’s opening statement is here.
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