Make It In America
The issue of Make it in America is important to our district and to my work in Congress.
Make it in America
Congressman John Garamendi is sponsoring two bills to bring back good manufacturing jobs in America. The two bills ends taxpayer subsidies for foreign-produced clean energy technology, buses, railcars, and high-speed rail. Watch a summary of the legislation here:
"America is a beacon of hope, a global powerhouse and the land of opportunity," Congressman Garamendi said. "We must rebuild our once robust manufacturing sector, repower our factories and assembly lines, hire the working men and women of this great nation, and restore America’s once prospering middle class."
"I want to walk into Target and see "Made in America" throughout the store. We can make it in America," Congressman Garamendi added. "Middle-class wages in America have stagnated for three decades, and our country’s future success depends on bringing back good manufacturing jobs. We produce steel and concrete in Antioch and Pittsburg, solar panels in Livermore, and buses in Hayward. We must make sure the U.S. tax code and other federal polices encourage job creation in America. This work can be done by hardworking Americans in Northern California and throughout the country. Let’s make it here."
Congressman Garamendi is sponsoring the following two bills:
- The Airports, Highways, High-Speed Rail, Trains and Transit: Make it in America Act (H.R. 613) would create American jobs by setting stronger standards for goods and equipment purchased with federal dollars for airports, highways, high-speed rail, trains and transit. The legislation increases domestic content provisions for airports and rolling stock from 60 to 100 percent over time, eliminates non-availability waivers, and makes similar waiver reporting requirements across the different modes of transportation. This bill is similar to legislation I introduced in the 111th Congress, H.R. 5791, but is expanded to include requirements for not only the Federal Transit Administration, but also the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and Amtrak.
- The Manufacture Renewable Energy Systems: Make it in America Act (H.R. 487) would create American jobs by ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels. Phased over a four year period, the bill requires the federal government and any state government buying renewable technologies with federal funds to purchase renewable sources of energy grown, produced, or manufactured with 100% American content. It also requires any company taking advantage of the Investment Tax Credit and the Production Tax Credit to buy 100% American content within four years after the bill becomes law.
China is now the world’s third largest wind power producer. The world’s fifteen largest photovoltaic power stations are in the European Union. About 15 million Americans are presently unemployed.
Middle-class wages in America have stagnated for three decades, and our country’s future success in a global economy depends on reinvigorating our manufacturing sectors. Our competitors have invested significant resources in the clean technologies of the future, and it’s important that we do the same.
The Democratic Make It In America agenda
Congressman Garamendi’s Make It In America legislation is part of the Democratic Make It In America agenda. To learn more about this agenda for job creation, visit Democratic Whip Hoyer’s webpage and watch this video below on the Make It In America Legislative Roll-Out. You can also follow the latest developments on Facebook and Twitter.