The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (H.R. 5865)

June 20, 2012

H.R. 5865, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), is a bipartisan plan for improving the conditions for manufacturing in the United States.

The legislation will establish a public-private American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board to advise the president on manufacturing issues and conduct a rigorous analysis of the manufacturing sector. The Board will also develop and submit to the president a national manufacturing competitiveness strategy, which will help eliminate red tape, encourage investment, and create more American manufacturing jobs.

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board will consist of 15 Members, five from the public sector, including two Governors, and ten from the private sector. The five public appointments will be made by the president, while the ten private-sector members are appointed by the House and Senate. The Board would be co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and one of the private-sector members.

The duties of the Board are to: (1) advise the president on manufacturing issues; (2) conduct a rigorous analysis of the manufacturing sector; and (3) develop a national competitiveness strategy, which would be made available for public comment and submitted to the president.

The competitiveness strategy will include short-term and long-term goals for improving the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing environment and recommendations for action to accomplish the goals.