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S 751

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 751

To require the Secretary of Commerce to develop a comprehensive national manufacturing strategy, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 6 (legislative day, April 5), 2011

Mr. BROWN of Ohio (for himself and Mr. KIRK) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To require the Secretary of Commerce to develop a comprehensive national manufacturing strategy, 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. NATIONAL MANUFACTURING STRATEGY.

    (a) Assessment of United States Manufacturing- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall assess the United States economy to determine what goods the United States currently produces, where such goods are produced, in which manufacturing sector the United States is most competitive in the global economy, and what policies are necessary to maintain or increase the competitiveness of United States manufacturing in the global economy.

    (b) National Manufacturing Strategy-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall develop a comprehensive national manufacturing strategy.

      (2) GOALS OF STRATEGY- The goals of the strategy required by paragraph (1) are as follows:

        (A) To increase the aggregate number of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

        (B) To identify emerging technologies to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace.

        (C) To strengthen manufacturing sectors in which the United States is most competitive in the global economy.

      (3) SUBMITTAL OF STRATEGY- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress the strategy required by paragraph (1).

    (c) Targets for Growth of the United States Manufacturing Sector-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish targets for the growth of United States manufacturing, including targets for job creation, for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

      (2) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the targets established by the Secretary pursuant to paragraph (1).

    (d) Survey of Manufacturing Support Programs-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall--

        (A) conduct a survey of all Federal agencies that provide support to United States manufacturers, including--

          (i) the Department of Commerce;

          (ii) the Department of Defense;

          (iii) the Department of Energy;

          (iv) the Department of Labor;

          (v) the Department of the Treasury;

          (vi) the Small Business Administration;

          (vii) the Office of Management and Budget;

          (viii) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

          (ix) the Office of the United States Trade Representative; and

          (x) such other Federal agencies as the Secretary considers appropriate; and

        (B) submit to Congress a report on such survey that includes the recommendations of the Secretary on how each Federal agency surveyed can best support the comprehensive national manufacturing strategy required by subsection (b)(1).

      (2) SHARING OF INFORMATION- The head of each agency of the Federal Government shall, to the extent practicable, cooperate with the Secretary of Commerce in the conduct of the survey required by paragraph (1) and provide to the Secretary such information about such United States manufacturing sectors as the Secretary may require.

      (3) LISTENING SESSIONS- In conducting the survey required by paragraph (1), the Secretary shall hold not fewer than 2 listening sessions that include witnesses from manufacturing sectors that the Secretary considers important.

    (e) Report on Progress and Trends in Manufacturing- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that summarizes the progress and trends in United States manufacturing since the Secretary's 2004 report, `Manufacturing in America: A Comprehensive Strategy to Address the Challenges to United States Manufacturers', and 2009 report, `A Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing'.

    (f) Biennial Manufacturer Survey and Report-

      (1) SURVEY- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less frequently than once every 2 years thereafter through fiscal year 2016, the Secretary shall conduct a survey of all persons with headquarters in the United States that maintain manufacturing facilities outside of the United States to identify--

        (A) the categories of products manufactured at such facilities; and

        (B) the number of manufacturing jobs located at such facilities.

      (2) PROMOTION OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS OF MANUFACTURING SECTOR- In carrying out each survey required by paragraph (1), the Secretary shall ensure that the information gathered is useful for understanding how policy can be tailored to promote development and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector.

      (3) DATABASE- The Secretary shall create and maintain a database of the information collected through each survey conducted pursuant to paragraph (1).

      (4) REPORT- Not later than 90 days after conducting each survey required by paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the most recent survey conducted pursuant to paragraph (1), including the following:

        (A) The findings of the Secretary with respect to such survey.

        (B) Longitudinal trends in United States manufacturing and the creation of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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