Representatives Blunt Rochester, Dingell, Kelly, & Wild Introduce a Comprehensive Package to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing of Critical Goods, Strengthen American Supply Chains
Washington, February 2, 2023 | Andrew Donnelly (302-893-4406)
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), and Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-Pa.) introduced a comprehensive set of bills aimed at strengthening supply chains and spurring domestic manufacturing of critical goods, which will grow the U.S. economy and enhance America's national security.
The four lawmakers championed numerous supply chain provisions during the 117th Congress, including provisions eventually signed into law through the CHIPS & Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. This package underscores their continued commitment to passing legislation to strengthen America’s economic standing while bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs home.
"As the founder of the Bipartisan Future of Work Caucus, I've long been focused on the vulnerabilities of our domestic supply chains and what we can do to strengthen them to, not only to promote good-paying jobs for American families but protect our national security," said Rep. Blunt Rochester. "I’m proud to lead my colleagues in introducing a comprehensive package that helps bolster domestic manufacturing of critical goods and strengthen those supply chains. While we made tremendous progress last Congress, through the passage of the CHIPS & Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, there’s still more we must do in realizing the full potential of the American economy."
“Over the last few years, we’ve seen the devastating consequences of the weaknesses in our supply chains, especially for the people of Michigan, many of whom are auto workers and manufacturers,” said Rep. Dingell. “This comprehensive set of legislation will bring our supply chains home and prevent future vulnerabilities, reducing our dependence on our foreign competitors, investing in American jobs, and strengthening our national and economic security.”
“Preserving the integrity of our supply chains is vital to the health of our national economy and the maintenance of our national security,” said Rep. Kelly. “I am proud to be a leader on this legislation to ensure that these critical pieces of commercial infrastructure keep up with the rapid pace of American industry and innovation. From CHIPS to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the Inflation Reduction Act, we have already done so much to invest in Americans’ economic success. This legislation will ensure that these gains can persist for years to come.”
“The strongest supply chain is an American supply chain,” said Rep. Wild. “That’s why I’m very proud to have introduced the Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act, to ensure that our businesses big and small have the support and the tools they need to Make it in America. Addressing supply chain vulnerabilities means strengthening domestic manufacturing capabilities – in turn keeping us competitive with China and investing in good-paying jobs here at home. I’m glad to join my colleagues in advancing this important legislation to strengthen America’s economic and national security and to reaffirm our commitment to American workers.”
The package of bills includes:
The Supply CHAINS Act
The “Supply Chain Health and Integrity for the Nation’s Success (Supply CHAINS) Act”, introduced by Blunt Rochester and co-led by Dingell, Kelly and Wild, addresses critical supply chain shortages plaguing U.S. economic and national security. This bill creates a dedicated supply chain office led by an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce, requires the Assistant Secretary to map and monitor supply chains to identify vulnerabilities, directs the office to establish standards and best practices for U.S. companies to address supply chain vulnerabilities, and commissions an independent study to determine whether a grant and loan making authority is warranted. This legislation also includes elements of the four other bills introduced as part of this package.
The Building Resilient Supply Chains Act
The “Building Resilient Supply Chains Act,” introduced by Blunt Rochester and co-led by Dingell, Kelly, and Wild, creates a financial assistance program within the Department of Commerce to improve the resilience of supply chains. The legislation authorizes $41 billion of funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024 through 2028 to support grants, loans, and loan guarantees that support the development, diversification, preservation, improvement, restoration, and expansion of supply chains and the domestic manufacturing of critical goods, industrial equipment, and manufacturing technology. Elements of this bill are included in the Supply CHAINS Act.
The Supply Chain Mapping and Monitoring Act
The “Supply Chain Mapping and Monitoring Act,” introduced by Kelly and co-led by Dingell, Blunt Rochester, and Wild, creates an office in the Department of Commerce to map and monitor supply chains, identify supply chain gaps and vulnerabilities, and identify opportunities to reduce supply chain risk. The bill authorizes $500 million of funding to the office for FY 2024 through 2028 to promote resilient supply chains and respond to the critical industry supply chain shocks. Elements of this bill are included in the Supply CHAINS Act.
The Manufacturing Economy and National Security Act
The “Manufacturing Economy and National Security Act,” introduced by Dingell and co-led by Kelly, Blunt Rochester, and Wild, creates a program within the Department of Commerce to provide $35 billion of loans and loan guarantees for FY 2024 through 2028, to support the resilience of supply chains, including for activities that support flexible manufacturing and the relocation of manufacturing facilities from countries of concern into the United States and allied nations or key international partners of the United States. Elements of this bill are included in the Supply CHAINS Act.
The Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act
The “Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act,” introduced by Wild and co-led by Dingell, Kelly, and Blunt Rochester, authorizes $500 million of funding for FY 2024 through 2028, to create a program at the Department of Commerce that facilitates and supports the development of standards, guidelines, best practices, management strategies, methodologies, procedures, and processes for domestic manufacturers and for entities manufacturing, purchasing, or using a critical good or service to measure resilience, evaluate the value of resilience, and address supply chain vulnerabilities. Elements of this bill are included in the Supply CHAINS Act.
In May, a coalition of over 130 stakeholders sent a letter in support of substantially similar supply chain resilience provisions included in the America COMPETES Act.