Reed Says New Trade Deal Will Help Local Manufacturing, Calls For A Vote

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed is calling for House speaker Nancy Pelosi to vote on the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

During a teleconference with reporters yesterday, Reed said that the adoption of various policies is crucial to manufacturing in the United States.

“We are proud to be a constant advocate for U.S. manufacturing in the halls of Congress, and the bills introduced will help give our local manufacturers fair access to resources they need to boost jobs,” said Reed. “However, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Speaker Pelosi must put USMCA on the floor for a vote to keep the success of U.S. manufacturing moving in the right direction  – otherwise the New York manufacturing jobs we care about could be in jeopardy.”

Reed said that the agreement is important for manufactures in New York, as well as the whole country.

He cites that Canada and Mexico purchase nearly one fifth of New York’s total global manufacturing exports and eight two percent of those manufacturers are small to medium-sized businesses supporting local jobs.

Recent manufacturing bill introduced includes:

  • Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act designates “manufacturing communities” for additional technical assistance and preference in grant awards. This grant is designed to assist communities that are still hard-hit by the recession, particularly after downsizing and closing of major corporations and economic drivers.
  • The Finger Lakes Region was selected for this award during a 2014 Department of Commerce pilot program.during a 2014 pilot program. Commerce awarded $2.6 million in grants to High Tech Rochester, Inc. in 2016 to establish a business incubator space in a city-owned building. This project is estimated to create 100 new startup businesses and 1,000 new jobs within the first five years of operation. In total the Finger Lakes Region received five awards totaling $8.8M.; and anticipated another $30M before the program stopped receiving agency support.
  • American Manufacturing Leadership Act renews the Manufacturing USA program which creates public-private partnerships that work toward a common goal: to secure the future of manufacturing in thUnited States through innovation, education, and collaboration.$110 million seed capital investment from the Department of Defense to help AIM Photonics. This attracted $1.4 billion private sector dollars and created 800 manufacturing jobs just a year after launching. Manufacturing USA has helped these private sector companies in NY-23:
  • Phase Innovations in Alfred, Seneca Foods in Geneva, Capro-X in Ithaca, Dickson Environmental Services in Bath, Zotos International in Geneva, Advanced Atomization in Clyde and LifeWall in Geneva.
  • Reed says he teamed up with Rep. Joe Kennedy to reintroduce this bill.
  • Chief Manufacturing Officer Act establishes the role of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer, responsible for the coordination and review of federal manufacturing-related policies across all agencies and the development of a National Manufacturing Strategy.

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