The strength of American manufacturing carries implications for the entire economy, our national security, and the well-being of all Americans. For generations the strength of our country rested on the power of our factory floors. Manufacturing needs to continue to be a bedrock of strength for generations to come. American manufacturing is a success story, and it is not a story approaching its end. We as a nation should respond to the challenges now facing U.S. manufacturing as there is something left to fight for.
As part of the overall economic narrative of this country, the Obama administration and House Democrats are focused not only on the challenges faced by American manufacturing but also on the opportunities presented. For instance, House Democrats in the 111th and 112th Congress crafted a number of legislative proposals anchored in a “Make It In America agenda,” which is based on the conviction that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to "Make It In America." Several of these proposals became law, others form the basis for a continuing dialogue about the future.
On May 31, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host an open conversation to talk about how to write the next chapter of this success story.