Text: H.R.2447 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/20/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2447


To direct the Committee on Technology under the National Science and Technology Council to develop a national manufacturing competitiveness strategic plan, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 20, 2013

Mr. Lipinski (for himself, Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Hultgren, and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To direct the Committee on Technology under the National Science and Technology Council to develop a national manufacturing competitiveness strategic plan, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. National manufacturing competitiveness strategic plan.

Section 102 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (42 U.S.C. 6622) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (7) and inserting the following:

“(7) develop and update a national manufacturing competitiveness strategic plan in accordance with subsection (c).”; and

(2) by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:

“(c) National manufacturing competitiveness strategic plan.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Committee shall develop, and update every 4 years, a strategic plan to improve Government coordination and provide long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development.

“(2) COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON.—In developing and updating the strategic plan, the Secretary of Commerce, or a designee of the Secretary, shall serve as the chairperson of the Committee.

“(3) GOALS.—The goals of such strategic plan shall be to—

“(A) promote growth, including job creation, sustainability, and competitiveness, in the United States manufacturing sector;

“(B) support the development of a skilled manufacturing workforce;

“(C) enable innovation and investment in domestic manufacturing; and

“(D) support national security.

“(4) CONTENTS.—Such strategic plan shall—

“(A) specify and prioritize near-term and long-term objectives to meet the goals of the plan, including research and development objectives, the anticipated timeframe for achieving the objectives, and the metrics for use in assessing progress toward the objectives;

“(B) describe the progress made in achieving the objectives from prior strategic plans, including a discussion of why specific objectives were not met;

“(C) specify the role, including the programs and activities, of each Federal agency in meeting the objectives of the strategic plan;

“(D) describe how the Federal agencies and federally funded research and development centers supporting advanced manufacturing research and development will foster the transfer of research and development results into new manufacturing technologies and United States based manufacturing of new products and processes for the benefit of society to ensure national, energy, and economic security;

“(E) describe how such Federal agencies and centers will strengthen all levels of manufacturing education and training programs to ensure an adequate, well-trained workforce;

“(F) describe how such Federal agencies and centers will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in developing and implementing new products and processes;

“(G) take into consideration and include a discussion of the analysis conducted under paragraph (5); and

“(H) take into consideration the recommendations of a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from diverse manufacturing sectors and companies, academia, existing Federal advisory committees, such as the Defense Science Board, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Manufacturing Council established by the Department of Commerce, and the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy, and other relevant organizations and institutions.

“(5) PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—As part of developing such strategic plan, the Committee shall conduct an analysis of factors that impact the competitiveness and growth of the United States manufacturing sector, including—

“(i) research, development, innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization activities in the United States;

“(ii) the adequacy of the industrial base for maintaining national security;

“(iii) the state and capabilities of the domestic manufacturing workforce;

“(iv) trade, trade enforcement, and intellectual property policies;

“(v) financing, investment, and taxation policies and practices;

“(vi) the state of emerging technologies and markets; and

“(vii) efforts and policies related to manufacturing promotion undertaken by competing nations.

“(B) RELIANCE ON EXISTING INFORMATION.—To the extent practicable, in completing the analysis under subparagraph (A), the Committee shall use existing information and the results of previous studies and reports.

“(d) Report.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013, the Director shall transmit the strategic plan developed under subsection (b)(7) to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and shall transmit subsequent updates to those committees as appropriate.

“(e) Requirement To consider strategy in the budget.—In preparing the budget for a fiscal year under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, the President shall include information regarding the consistency of the budget with the goals and recommendations included in the strategic plan developed under subsection (b)(7) applying to that fiscal year.”.