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  • Reed: House will vote on manufacturing bill

  • A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning and aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing is headed to the House floor for a vote.
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  • A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning and aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing is headed to the House floor for a vote.
    The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act made it through the committee process last week and will now be voted on by the full House, Reed said Monday during his weekly teleconference with reporters in his 23rd Congressional District.
    The bill was introduced in July 2013 by Reed and Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass.
    It earmarks $300 million in federal funding that would be available on a competitive basis as “seed money” to help establish a network of regional hubs where new products could be developed, and a skilled labor force could be trained to manufacture them.
    The hubs would involve a partnership between manufacturers and colleges and universities.
    Reed says the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes region would be well-positioned to receive funding for the program due to the presence of schools such as Alfred University and advanced manufacturers such as Corning Inc.
    The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
    “We’ve been talking to leaders in the House and the Senate to set forward on a path to get this to the finish line, and get it to the president’s desk,” Reed said.
    The Obama administration has already established a pilot manufacturing innovation hub in Ohio and has signaled support for Reed’s bill a number of times, most notably during the president’s State of the Union address in January.
    Reed said the House was unlikely to vote before the August recess but would likely vote on the legislation in the fall.

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