A Week in July, II

More on the House leadership’s plan to emphasize manufacturing next week, a news release from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, “Pelosi Statement on House Passage of SECTORS Act, Part of National Manufacturing Strategy“:

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on the Strengthening Employment Clusters To Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act — part of Democrats’ national manufacturing strategy. The bill, which passed by voice vote, supports industry partnerships to develop and implement plans to train workers and help them advance in high-demand and emerging industries.

H.R.1855 was introduced April 1, 2009, by Rep. David Loebsback (D-IA). Here’s the CRS summary of the bill:

Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success Act of 2009 or the SECTORS Act of 2009 – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require the Secretary of Labor to award competitive industry or sector partnership grants to eligible entities to develop strategies that: (1) encourage growth and competitiveness through work with employers within a targeted industry cluster; (2) help workers move toward economic self-sufficiency and ensure that they have access to supportive services; (3) address the needs of firms with limited human resources or in-house training capacity, including small- and medium-sized firms; and (4) coordinate with entities that carry out state and local workforce investment, economic development, and education activities. Requires federal agency coordination with the Secretary in carrying out such program.

Speaker Pelosi was at the White House last week, and AP moved a shot on its photo wires that provides more detail about next week’s discussions of manufacturing-related legislation. The caption:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a pamphlet up to media as she walks back to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The pamphlet reads ‘Made In America Strategy for American Manufacturing.’

Building up to the week, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, H.R. 4380, has been renamed the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act and will be considered today on the House suspension calendar. The NAM on Tuesday issued a Key Vote letter in support of the bill.

Have you read the NAM’s “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America.” It’s a comprehensive, consistent strategy that outlines policy priorities identified by manufacturers in the United States.

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