RAMI Legislation Poised to Revitalize American Manufacturing

The House Science Committee takes up important legislation this Friday in the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation (RAMI) Act which would provide Congressional authorization to establish at least fifteen Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation as part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Virtually every major American manufacturing competitor-including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union-both operate and make substantial investments in similar public private partnerships designed to spur innovation in advanced manufacturing product and process technologies in their nations. The network of IMIs would play a vital role in enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness by supporting development of technologies that will enable U.S. manufacturers to develop the cutting edge technologies needed to compete in the global marketplace. It's time America develop its own National Network for Ma nufacturing Innovation, and we urge the House to follow the Senate's lead in passing the RAMI legislation out of Committee.