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Congressmen Tim Ryan and Tom Reed Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Establish a U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer

May 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today introduced legislation to establish the position of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) in the Executive Office of the President (H.R. 2900). The CMO will be responsible for coordinating manufacturing-related policies and activities across government. The CMO will also develop a National Manufacturing Strategy to establish a clear path for growth in the manufacturing sector. Ryan and Reed are Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus. To view the full bill, click here.

“This bipartisan, bicameral bill is a comprehensive response to the challenges facing the manufacturing industry in America today. There is no doubt that we need a wide-ranging strategy if we are to strengthen manufacturing in America. The CMO will help get us there by providing industry specific advice on tax policies, infrastructure, transportation, regulations and workforce development,” said Congressman Ryan. “Retaining, filling and growing manufacturing jobs in the United States is a complex task that requires deliberate, interconnected action across different federal and state government departments. There are also new and emerging challenges in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data privacy standards that require a high-level strategic response. It’s time for the United States to address these issues head on and transform our manufacturing industry to benefit all Americans.”

“China has published their China 2025 plan that names manufacturing as one of their top 5 goals and they work towards those goals with focus that we lack.  Germany and the rest of the EU, Korea, Japan, and others are also focusing efforts on manufacturing. In the US, Manufacturing activities in the federal government span across 11 agencies in 50+ different programs,” said Congressman Reed. “99% of US manufacturers are small and medium size businesses with limited capacity for introducing new technologies into their organizations, much less working in a united way.  We need a more strategic approach to manufacturing in this country."

Original co-sponsors include David Cicilline (D-RI), Matthew Cartwright (D-PA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Graciela Napolitano (D-CA), Marcia Kaptur (D-OH), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), William Pascrell (D-NJ), James McGovern (D-MA), Haley Stevens (D-MI), Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Troy Balderson (R-OH).

This legislation is supported by: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Automation Federation (AF), International Society of Automation (ISA), Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Intelligent Systems International (IMS-I), Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).

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