Rep. Stevens Introduces H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act

April 30, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Stevens Introduces H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, April 30, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) introduced H.R. 2397, the American Manufacturing Leadership Act (AMLA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and improve the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) are original cosponsors of the bill.  

Passed in 2014, RAMI formalized Manufacturing USA, a public-private network of 14 manufacturing institutes to promote U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. These institutes bring together federal agencies, manufacturers of all sizes, universities, community colleges, and nonprofits to catalyze new technologies, meet research needs, and train the workforce of the future. Two of these Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), are based or have a significant presence in southeast Michigan.

“Before serving in Congress, I worked at a Manufacturing USA Institute conducting research on digital manufacturing techniques and the future of work,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “I have seen how Manufacturing USA uses the public-private partnership model to create a unique collaborative platform for U.S. industry and academia to exchange best-in-class expertise to solve challenges and push the bounds of innovation. I am proud to introduce the bipartisan American Manufacturing Leadership Act to ensure that the Manufacturing USA Institutes can continue their great work. This will help the companies in my district stay at the forefront of global innovation in advanced manufacturing technologies, while continuing to develop the workforce of today and tomorrow.”

The American Manufacturing Leadership Act strengthens the Institutes’ role in advanced manufacturing workforce development and engagement with small and medium sized businesses through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. The bill also increases overall funding for the Manufacturing USA program, implements a new review process to allow the Institutes to continue to receive federal funding, and strengthens the Institutes’ ability to contribute to regional economic development and innovation goals.

Congresswoman Stevens previously served as the Director of Workforce Development and Manufacturing Engagement at the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a Manufacturing USA institute focused on the development of digital manufacturing techniques.

The American Manufacturing Leadership Act has been endorsed by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and BPC Action.


Click here to read the American Manufacturing Leadership Act.