Cicilline Among Only Freshmen to Join Democratic House Leadership In Unveiling the “Make It In America” Jobs Agenda

May 5, 2011 Issues:
Cicilline Among Only Freshmen to Join Democratic House Leadership  In Unveiling the “Make It In America” Jobs Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) joined House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) and House Democrats in unveiling the “Make It In America” jobs agenda for the 112th Congress, a plan to support job creation today and in the future by encouraging businesses to innovate and make products in the US and sell them to the world by strengthening our infrastructure and supporting investments in key areas like education and energy innovation. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and continue growing the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.

Congressman Cicilline’s Make it in America Block  Grant proposal has been included in House Democrats’ “Make It In America” agenda. His proposal is among the only Freshmen Democratic legislative policies to be included in this jobs plan.

Cicilline’s proposal would establish a federal grant program at the Commerce Department to provide funding to small manufacturers in communities hardest hit by unemployment to help them re-tool and train their workforce to transition into the manufacturing of clean energy, high-technology, and advanced products, and increase their exports.

 “I’m proud that my proposal is part of the ‘Make It In America’ jobs plan,” said Congressman Cicilline. “’Make It In America’ is based on the belief that when we make more products in America, more families are able to Make It In America. Manufacturing continues to drive our economic recovery and the ‘Make It In America’ agenda is aimed at building on that growth. This jobs plan will strengthen American competitiveness, create jobs and ensure American workers can make it in America.”  

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said Congressman Cicilline is strongly committed to supporting small- to medium-sized businesses hit hardest by unemployment. Mr. Hoyer said, “Congressman Cicilline has worked to find ways to ensure manufacturers have the resources and strategies they need to compete and succeed in a new energy economy. His legislation has been included in Democrats’ ‘Make It In America’ agenda which is focused on creating jobs, increasing manufacturing, and supporting small businesses so that we can put people back to work.”

The ‘Make It In America’ agenda unveiled today encompasses a range of issues that all help to create an environment where manufacturers and small businesses can expand and create jobs here. 

In addition to the Make it in America Block Grant, Congressman Cicilline has co-sponsored several bills that help form the basis of his Six-Point Plan to Rebuild Rhode Island Manufacturing which includes the following:

National Manufacturing Strategy Act(Rep. Lipinski, H.R. 1366):  Directs the president to work with industry, labor leaders, and other stakeholders to develop a national strategy to increase manufacturing.

National Infrastructure Development Bank Act (Rep. DeLauro, H.R. 402): Establishes a wholly-owned government corporation to facilitate efficient investments in and financing of infrastructure projects—from leading-edge broadband networks and energy delivery systems to modern ports—that foster economic development and keep America competitive.

Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act(Reps. Levin and Tim Ryan, H.R. 639):  Levels the trade playing field by holding accountable countries that create an unfair trade advantage by manipulating their currency

Build American Jobs Act (Rep. Levin, H.R. 922) & Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act (Rep. Connolly, H.R. 11): Extends the Build America Bonds program, provides additional funding for the Recovery Zone bonds program, and makes improvements to existing bond and credit programs to help states and local governments leverage private capital to create jobs today and build the infrastructure that is the backbone of future economic growth.

Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act (Rep. Rothman, H.R. 724):This program, initially created in the Recovery Act, invested $2.3 billion in tax credits for advanced energy manufacturing facilities generating more than 17,000 jobs and incentivizing an additional $5.4 billion in private-sector investment.