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[S. 1709 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

  1st Session
                                S. 1709

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



                           November 14, 2013

Mr. Kirk (for himself, Mr. Coons, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Blunt) introduced 
the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee 
                on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


                                 A BILL

  To require the Committee on Technology of the National Science and 
   Technology Council to develop and update 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,


    This Act may be cited as the ``American Manufacturing 
Competitiveness Act of 2013''.


    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.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
        the enactment of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act 
        of 2013, the President shall submit to Congress, and publish on 
        an Internet website that is accessible to the public, the 
        strategic plan developed under paragraph (2).
            ``(2) Development.--The Committee shall develop (and update 
        as required under paragraph (8)), in coordination with the 
        National Economic Council, 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.
            ``(3) 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.
            ``(4) Goals.--The goals of such strategic plan shall be 
                    ``(A) promote growth, job creation, sustainability, 
                and competitiveness in the United States manufacturing 
                    ``(B) support the development of a skilled 
                manufacturing workforce;
                    ``(C) enable innovation and investment in domestic 
                manufacturing; and
                    ``(D) support national security.
            ``(5) 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 
                    ``(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 relevant 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 
                (6); and
                    ``(H) solicit public input (which may be 
                accomplished through the establishment of an advisory 
                panel under paragraph (7)), including the views of a 
                wide range of stakeholders, and consider relevant 
                recommendations of Federal advisory committees.
            ``(6) Preliminary analysis.--
                    ``(A) In general.--As part of developing such 
                strategic plan, the Committee, in collaboration with 
                Federal departments and agencies whose missions 
                contribute to or are affected by manufacturing, shall 
                conduct an analysis of factors that impact the 
                competitiveness and growth of the United States 
                manufacturing sector, including--
                            ``(i) research, development, innovation, 
                        transfer of technologies to the marketplace, 
                        and commercialization activities in the United 
                            ``(ii) the adequacy of the industrial base 
                        for maintaining national security;
                            ``(iii) the state and capabilities of the 
                        domestic manufacturing workforce;
                            ``(iv) export opportunities and domestic 
                        trade enforcement 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 
                    ``(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 
            ``(7) Advisory panel.--
                    ``(A) Establishment.--The chairperson of the 
                Committee may appoint an advisory panel of private 
                sector and nonprofit leaders to provide input, 
                perspective, and recommendations to assist in the 
                development of the strategic plan under this 
                    ``(B) Membership.--The panel shall have no more 
                than 15 members, and shall include representatives of 
                manufacturing businesses, labor representatives of the 
                manufacturing workforce, academia, and groups 
                representing interests affected by manufacturing 
                    ``(C) Application of federal advisory committee 
                act.--The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. 
                App.), other than section 14 of such Act, shall apply 
                to the Advisory Panel.
            ``(8) Updates.--Not later than May 1, 2018, and not less 
        frequently than once every 4 years thereafter, the President 
        shall submit to Congress, and publish on an Internet website 
        that is accessible to the public, an update of the strategic 
        plan transmitted under paragraph (1). Such updates shall be 
        developed in accordance with the procedures set forth under 
        this subsection.
            ``(9) 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 this subsection applying to that fiscal