Plans to promote manufacturing will be required of future U.S. presidents thanks to a bill sponsored by an Illinois congressman. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) has been promoting the idea of the National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing for several years. Lipinski says now, different departments and agencies can be working against each other when it comes to promoting manufacturing.
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“In some cases, to even having policies that contradict each other when it comes to trying to help manufacturing,” Lipinski said. “This must end, and having a national strategic plan for manufacturing will do that.”
The plan will have to be updated every four years, with each year’s federal budget blueprint explaining how it falls in line with the goals of the most recent manufacturing strategy. The first plan will be due in 2018, as Lipinski felt it didn’t make sense to have an outgoing president develop the first national strategy.