Rep. Garamendi Celebrates National Manufacturing Day
DAVIS, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) issued the following statement to commemorate National Manufacturing Day:
“Today, on National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate the sector that built America into a country of ingenuity and promise. Manufacturing accounts for over $278 billion in economic output for California, and estimates show that every dollar invested in manufacturing produces $3.60 in economic benefits. Investing in a robust manufacturing sector spurs economic growth, expands middle class wages, creates job opportunities, and inspires a new generation of high-skilled manufacturing workers ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.
“Sadly, over the past three decades we’ve witnessed an unprecedented divestment in America’s manufacturing economy—and the effects are troubling. Middle class wages have stagnated, and we’ve relied more on foreign investment in manufacturing and infrastructure than ever before. One can look at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which suffered major setbacks due to its reliance on Chinese steel, to witness the risk associated with our dependence on foreign manufacturing. We know this doesn’t work, and there are several steps we can take to empower manufacturing entrepreneurs right here in America.
“I’ve spent my time in Congress advocating for “Make It In America” and “Buy American” policies to reinvigorate the American manufacturing sector and create new middle class jobs. We’ve enjoyed some victories—for instance, we increased the Buy America requirement for publicly purchased rail cars and buses from 60% to 70%. But more can and should be done. That’s why I’m introducing my new bill, the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, to catalyze a new U.S. shipbuilding industry by requiring that certain exports travel on American-built, flagged, and operated ships. This will create new investments in shipyard infrastructure and train thousands of workers in the cutting-edge skills they need to reshape our manufacturing economy with their own hands. Imagine a future in which Mare Island, right here in Northern California, hosts one of the largest shipbuilding operations in the United States. It’s a dream we can turn into a reality.
Let’s use National Manufacturing Day to shine a light on the benefits of American manufacturing, and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Doing so will make our community, and our country, even stronger.”