Manufacturing Jobs for American Campaign

american-flag01Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Chris Coons of Delaware has kicked off the Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign. As the name suggests, this campaign is intended to draw attention to our nation’s manufacturing industry, encouraging employers “reshore” their jobs back to the U.S. The American manufacturing industry has rebounded over the past few years, thanks largely in part to efforts like the Manufacturing for America campaign.

Of course, Manufacturing Jobs for America isn’t a new effort. It was originally signed into law with the last Congress, in which Coons and 26 other senators introduced a total of three dozen new manufacturing bills, half of which were bipartisan. This new Congress, however, has senators Baldwin and Coons reintroducing roughly a dozen of those bills, as well as introducing several news laws to support manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The National Association of Manufactures (NAM) estimates that manufacturing workers earn an average of 24% more (pay and benefits) than workers in other industries. And according to NAM, each new manufacturing job creates another one and a half jobs in other industries. While there are always exceptions to this rule, statistics such as this attest to the growth and stability of the American manufacturing industry.

For decades in Wisconsin, we’ve worked to make things: paper, engines, tools and ships. These manufacturing jobs created shared prosperity for generations and strengthened the economic security of the middle class,” Baldwin said. “That’s why it’s so important that we drive the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative forward and focus on rebuilding a Made in America manufacturing economy for all.”

Why are lawmakers pushing for more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Well, long story short, it’s healthy for our country’s economy. Bringing jobs back to the U.S. offers employment opportunities for the millions of men and women who struggle to find jobs. Some people will also argue that made-in-America products are higher quality than those manufactured overseas, which is due largely in part to the increased regulation here in the states.

As it stands now, the Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign has received the endorsement of more than two dozen separate organizations, some of which includes the National Association of Manufacturers, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

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