Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi Manufacturing Amendments Pass House of Representatives

May 18, 2012
Press Release

 Amendments Strengthen U.S. Production of three-dimensional circuits and small-lot quantities of advanced chips, and operations for small and mid-sized manufacturers


Video of Rep. Garamendi speaking on
the Manufacturing Extension Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC – Today during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment by Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) that will strength America's ability to manufacture high-tech materials essential to the national security mission of the United States military.

In addition, last week, Congressman Garamendi's amendment to increase funding for the effective Manufacturing Extension Partnership for small and mid-sized manufacturers passed the House as part of the appropriations for Commerce, Justice, and Science agencies.

The NDAA amendment would require an assessment of America's manufacturing capability to produce three-dimensional integrated circuits and small-lot quantities of advanced semiconductors. These items are critical to the national security community as the building blocks of intelligence, defense, power grid and telecommunications systems.

Thumbnail image for GaramendiTravisAFB.jpgAmerican companies lead the world in developing and manufacturing the most advanced semiconductors that are used in national defense applications. However, the semiconductor industry faces the continuous challenge of fitting more capabilities and functionality into smaller packages. Therefore, exploring new and innovative ways to manufacture the most advanced semiconductors through initiatives like three dimensional designs is critical to maintaining America's leadership in cutting-edge technology.

"My amendment is a small but important step in assessing what challenges face the manufacturing sector and its ability to produce three-dimensional integrated circuits and advanced chips," said Congressman Garamendi. "My constituents at the national labs in Livermore, the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, and businesses across Northern California know first-hand the importance of this technology."

Garamendi added, "We must know what challenges lie ahead in order to keep the development and manufacturing of the most advanced technology components in America. Let's Make It In America and ensure that our national security community is equipped with cutting-edge technology."

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) amendment will help small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money in their companies. The MEP staff is comprised of over 1,400 technical experts who offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help solve manufacturers' challenges and identify opportunities for growth.

California alone has seen $447 million in new and retained sales, $128.8 million in new investments and 3,769 jobs created or retained in the manufacturing sector as a result of MEP's efforts. In his floor remarks, Congressman Garamendi cited one high-tech company in Southern California and another machine shop in San Ramon as examples of businesses that have benefited from this initiative.

The MEP is a good investment for taxpayers – with studies showing that for every one dollar of federal investment, MEP generates approximately $30 in new sales growth. Their work is responsible for generating more than $3.6 billion in new sales annually – money that can then be invested back into the US economy. Also, for every $1,570 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job.

The amendment was supported by House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and passed the House unanimously by voice vote.

"The MEP helps American manufacturers expand their businesses, increase their profits, and create jobs. Expanding this cost-effective program that benefits small business owners and American workers is a commonsense way to help us Make It In America" said Congressman Garamendi.