Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY) Introduce Legislation to Establish a U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer

Sep 22, 2016

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today introduced legislation to establish the position of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President. Ryan and Reed are Co-Chairmen of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus.

The U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) will be responsible for coordinating manufacturing-related policies and activities across agencies. The CMO will also  develop a national manufacturing strategy to revitalize the manufacturing sector, spur economic growth, and expand United States competitiveness.

“Manufacturing is the lifeblood of our economy, and the backbone of the middle class. Our manufacturing sector employs 9% of the United States workforce and makes up 12% of our GDP. Its importance cannot be overstated, manufacturing plays a critical role in almost every part of our economy, stretching from construction to pharmaceuticals; transportation to agriculture.  That is why Representative Reed and I introduced this legislation to ensure that we are looking at the big picture, and doing everything in our power to give American manufacturing the tools it needs to grow and thrive,” said Rep. Ryan.  

“We care about creating quality, family-sustaining jobs in our nation. Its only right that we make every effort to encourage growth in domestic manufacturing and develop policies that will put this industry at the forefront of our economic gains. I’m glad to work with our bipartisan manufacturing caucus co-chair Tim Ryan on this issue,” said Rep. Reed.

On average, each manufacturing job creates additional three to four jobs due to the required research, development and process design, and needed supply chain and post sales services. However, manufacturing employment, output and exports are all affected by such issues as tax policies, state of infrastructure and transportation, small business regulations, environmental regulations, trade policies, innovation ecosystems, workforce development, and education initiatives.

Unfortunately, some legislative policies and executive actions have resulted in unintended, inconsistent, and conflicting outcomes with respect to the growth of manufacturing in the United States. Therefore, a high level coordination and planning is needed to ensure that all actions and strategies would lead to a clear path for growth of the manufacturing sector.

This legislation has been cosponsored by Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Cicilline (D-RI) and Mike Honda (D-CA).

“On behalf of the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities, I am thankful for Representative Ryan’s efforts to put manufacturing in the spotlight at the highest level of our government. Manufacturing communities across the nation have long advocated for increased coordination of manufacturing activities among federal agencies and the development of a national manufacturing strategy. Having someone in the White House who is solely focused on making sure that the wide array of federal policies and activities effectively support manufacturing development, employment, output and exports is essential to ensuring the advancement and expansion of American manufacturing.”  – Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing MI, Co-Chair of the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities

“As you prepare to introduce the bill creating the position of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President, the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing is pleased to support this important legislation since it will provide the president and the nation with an executive officer responsible for helping  strengthen the U.S. economy by shaping national manufacturing-related policy, developing transformational manufacturing strategies, and enhancing the competitiveness of the American manufacturing community worldwide,” said Fred Wentzel, Executive Vice President, the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM).

This legislation has been supported by: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)