As a member of the House and as an appropriator, I have been fighting for policies that support young companies with promising ideas, investments that will promote domestic job creation in high growth industries, incentives to restore our manufacturing base, and initiatives to make our businesses and our workforce more competitive on the global stage.
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. Congressman Honda has been a consistent supporter of MEP, and now fights 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, 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
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today said he would work closely with President Obama and his fellow House members on plans the President laid out in his State of the Union address.
“Tonight we heard a President, who understands the needs of hard-working Americans, outline an agenda to help them overcome the challenges our country faces,” Congressman Honda said. “I look forward to working with the President, and my colleagues in Congress, to enact legislation to get this done.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Honda (D-Silicon Valley) today lauded the US House of Representatives for passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, and called on the Senate to pass it immediately.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) released “2013 Year in Review,” his annual report for the residents of Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. The first iBook published by a member of Congress, the annual report highlights his legislative accomplishments and constituent services successes for the year in a multimedia format.
I am delighted to present you with my 2013 Year in Review and the first-ever iBook published by a Member of Congress. An iBook is like an electronic book yet allows for interactive features, such as embeded videos, interactive charts and audio files.
I applaud President Obama's appointment of Michelle Lee to be Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and I extend my heartiest congratulations to her. I was pleased to support Ms. Lee as she was being considered for this position. She has been actively involved in patent reform discussions for close to a decade, and as the first director of the Silicon Valley office, she was an instrumental ally in our efforts to open it and – in the face of budget sequestration – find a creative solution to keep it here permanently.
Because of the inability of the Republican House majority to pass a budget unless it denies life-saving healthcare coverage to millions of Americans, the federal government shut down at midnight tonight. Unfortunately, this means that many services that our citizens rely on – including IRS call centers, regulatory agencies, and certain functions of the Social Security Administration and Small Business Administration – will be closed until a funding agreement can be reached. I plan to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a resolution, and hope Congress can get back to the