Fostering a New Generation of American Manufacturing
Many cynics have spoken about the demise of manufacturing in this nation, calling it a natural transition of the United States to a service-based economy. They point to the dwindling number of Americans finding work in this sector and the flight of production lines to countries with low labor costs and few environmental and worker protections. But these naysayers overlook the resilience of the American worker and the adaptability and innovation inherent in our economy that keeps us at the forefront of global competitiveness. These naysayers overlook the Silicon Valley way of life and business, where the manufacturing sector employs 1 in 5 workers (more than twice the national average), where breakthrough ideas are cultivated, and where the world’s most successful visionaries and businesses call home. As long as we renew our national commitment to winning the manufacturing jobs of the future, bringing Silicon Valley sense to Washington, and employ strategies that play to our nation’s natural strengths, we should see a new golden age of American manufacturing.
The Market Based Manufacturing Incentives Act (H.R. 615)
I introduced the Market Based Manufacturing Incentives Act of 2013 (H.R. 615) which was highlighted on the Democrats’ "Make it in America" Agenda. This bill empowers an apolitical commission of private-sector experts to designate the next generation of disruptive, market-changing technologies. These technologies–not specific companies–would be eligible for a consumer tax credit as long as they are made in the United States. Because these benefits accrue to the consumer and not directly to the business, the customer will dictate winners in the market place, not the government. While we believe in clean air, safe water, and a living wage, these factors need not result in un-competitively high shelf prices for American-made products.
The Scaling Up Manufacturing Act (H.R. 616)
The Scaling Up Manufacturing Act (H.R. 616) was endorsed by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, the American Chemical Society, and Silicon Valley’s own Applied Ventures, who provides support to this nation’s entrepreneurs at the most critical stage of their business’s growth. The Scaling Up Manufacturing Act provides companies a 25% tax credit on the costs associated with building their first manufacturing facility in the United States. The best ideas are still researched and developed in this nation, and it’s past time that they are produced right here at home, too. This proposal stops offshoring before it ever starts, keeps our bourgeoning businesses here at home, and helps turns ideas into success stories.
The Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Act (H.R. 3559)
This propsal was endorsed by Dell Corporation and introduced in a bipartisan manner, allows proven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a chance to apply their real-life experiences and business knowledge to identify new opportunities and improve current federal efforts to foster American start-ups and emerging businesses. The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Act of 2013 allows for the placement of ten entrepreneurs per year, for a period of three years, in federal agencies as entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR) to provide recommendations for ways to make agency services and operations simpler, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of entrepreneurs, businesses, and all agency stakeholders. During their terms of no more than two years, these EIRs will be able to infuse many of the operational and creative solutions-oriented principles found in startups and small businesses into the inner workings of government agencies.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products. I have been a consistent supporter of MEP, and now fight to ensure it receives sufficient funding each year through his role on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee.
Supporting Working Families
It is one of my top priorities to support people who work for a living. I have actively fought to increase the minimum wage so that every American can earn a decent living wage and have the access and tools to bargain for fair benefits. Throughout my 20+ years as an elected official, I have been a champion for labor and an ally of working families both at home and at the national level. In 2009, I was a supportive co-sponsor and whip member for the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409), which would simplify the union forming process.
Getting People Back to Work
As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education, I had jurisdiction over the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and the National Mediation Board. As a senior appropriator, I advocate for Workforce Investment Act Programs, fight to bring money home for workforce training and support programs, and have successfully appropriated over a million dollars into labor job training projects in the district to date.
More on Manufacturing
Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Honda (D-Santa Clara) will be joined by Claudia Flores, an immigration rights activist and Congressional fellow who was allowed to stay in the United States thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), at tonight’s State of the Union Address.
Santa Clara, CA – The district office of Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) has moved to Santa Clara, effective Monday, January 12th. The new office is at 900 Lafayette Street, at the corner of Homestead Road, conveniently located near the Santa Clara University Campus, not far from the 880 and 101 freeways, and a 10-minute walk from the Santa Clara CalTrain station. The phone and fax numbers will stay the same.
Like the previous location, the new office will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Washington, DC – Hitting the ground running, Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) today introduced four bills that are designed to help start-up and small businesses as they work to further expand Silicon Valley’s innovation economy.
San Jose, CA – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye met in Seoul on Friday, December 19, to discuss enhancing the economic, cultural, and security partnership between Silicon Valley and Korea. The discussion was part of a five-day trip by the Congressman to meet with business and government leaders in Korea to enhance the relationship between the two regions.
Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Honda (D- San Jose), Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), and Congressman Jim Costa (D- Fresno), along with other members of the California Congressional delegation, sent a letter to Tesla CEO and founder, Elon Musk, encouraging Tesla Motors to bring the next state-of-the-art Gigafactory to California.
Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today introduced a pair of bills to improve the lives of America’s veterans.
Washington, DC – In an effort to increase the manufacturing capability of the United States, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) worked with his colleagues across the aisle to help bring the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) to the House floor, where it was passed last night. The bill creates public-private partnerships that will foster an environment in which the private sector is willing to invest in the strengths of our nation and American manufacturing will grow.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said he was pleased that items that are important to Silicon Valley will be funded in the 2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee spending bill that was passed in the House early this morning.
Here they go again. House Republicans are once again changing their own rules when it suits them to do so.
Just last month, the Republicans passed a budget resolution that required offsetting any permanent tax extenders with other revenue measures. Yet now Republicans have brought forward H.R. 4438, which would make the R&D tax credit permanent, without offsetting the costs.
Washington, D.C. – At yesterday’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) discussed policies to address the wage gap with Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, including focusing on raising the federal