Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Congressman Dave Loebsack -- CROPPEDU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack
Iowa’s Second Congressional District


This month, we commemorate National Manufacturing Month by recognizing the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Iowa’s economy. What I hear time and again from business owners of all sizes here in Iowa is the same thing I hear from students, parents and educators: We must build things in America again.  By boosting America’s manufacturing sector, we will get people back to work and move our economy forward.

That is why I introduced the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act.  Large portions of the SECTORS Act were signed into law by the President as a part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill that made improvements to our nation’s jobs training infrastructure.

The SECTORS Act is part of a larger manufacturing agenda that I’m pushing to move our economy forward.  I am a strong advocate and cosponsor of the Make It In America Act, the Invest in American Jobs Act, the America Works Act, the Put America Back to Work Act, and the Bring Jobs Home Act. These bills would, among other things, provide a national manufacturing strategy so that we can start building things in America again.

During these uncertain economic times, it is now more important than ever that the U.S. takes a stand to ensure our workers and businesses are able to sell American-made goods here at home and overseas. I am committed to continuing to rebuild and grow a sector of the economy that helped build the middle class. Please be assured that I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to find common-sense ways to grow our American manufacturing industry.