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S.63 - Made In America Manufacturing Act of 2013
A bill to require the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor to establish the Made In America Incentive Grant Program, and for other purposes.
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Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. MERKLEY, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, and Mr. COONS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and TransportationCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(1) INDUSTRY CLUSTER- The term ‘industry cluster’ means a concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, research and development entities, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular field that are linked by common manufacturing and workforce needs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) NATIONALLY PORTABLE- The term ‘nationally portable’, with respect to a credential, means a credential that is sought or accepted by businesses within the industry sector involved, across multiple States, as a recognized, preferred, or required credential for recruitment, screening, advancement, or hiring purposes.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) organizes key stakeholders in a targeted industry cluster or broader manufacturing partnership into a working group that focuses on the needs of manufacturers in order to implement a manufacturing enhancement strategy;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) representatives of multiple firms or employers in the targeted industry cluster, including small- or medium-sized manufacturers and large manufacturers when practicable;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) one or more representatives of State labor organizations, central labor coalitions, or other labor organizations, except in instances where no labor representation exists;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(v) one or more representatives of a State or local government or Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (
SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF MADE IN AMERICA INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM.
(a) Establishment- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall jointly establish a program under which the secretaries shall jointly award incentive grants to eligible entities to support the manufacturing industry in the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Administration- The Secretary of Labor shall administer the Program with respect to all matters relating to the use of incentive grants for job training and the Secretary of Commerce shall administer the Program with respect to all other matters.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Coordination- In carrying out the Program, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall coordinate with such other heads of Federal agencies as the secretaries consider appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. INCENTIVE GRANTS.
(b) Use of Funds- An incentive grant awarded by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor under the Program shall be used by the recipient of the incentive grant to carry out a manufacturing enhancement strategy through the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) Retooling, retrofitting, expanding, or establishing (including applicable engineering costs) a manufacturer in the United States, including with respect to equipment, facilities, infrastructure, or capital.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Use of Funds in United States- A recipient of an incentive grant under the Program may only use such grant to carry out activities in the United States and to improve manufacturing in the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. REQUIREMENTS FOR INCENTIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS.
(1) IN GENERAL- An entity seeking an incentive grant under the Program shall submit to the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor an application therefor at such time, in such form, and in such manner as the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) PROPOSED MANUFACTURING ENHANCEMENT STRATEGY- Each manufacturing enhancement strategy submitted under paragraph (2)(A) by an entity for an incentive grant shall include the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) A description of the plans of the entity to make loans or grants to third parties with funds from the incentive grant and how such plans will improve the competitiveness of a particular industry cluster identified by the entity and of manufacturing in the United States in one or more industries.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) A description of the expected economic return on investment of the entity’s manufacturing enhancement strategy with respect to the incentive grant, including the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) The cost savings to be achieved by such third-party recipients due to energy efficiency savings or other activities supported by loans issued or grants awarded by the entity under the Program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(II) a description of the nationally portable, industry recognized credentials or, if not available, other credentials, related to the targeted industry cluster that the entity proposes to support, develop, or use as a performance measure, in order to carry out the goals of the entity with respect to the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(v) The amount of capital and technical assistance to be provided to manufacturers to expand the export opportunities, facilitate new domestic supply chains, or carry out other authorized activities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(vii) How the entity will address, to the extent practicable, economic distress, including high rates of unemployment, situations of sudden and severe economic dislocation, in particular where mass layoffs result in a precipitous increase in unemployment, and such other similar issues of economic distress as the Secretary of Commerce considers appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) to ensure the coordination and best use of Federal, State, regional, and local assets and resources for the implementation of the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) A description of the plans of the entity to foster, through the Made In America Partnership Board established by the entity, collaboration between Federal entities, State and local economic development organizations and agencies, State and local workforce development organizations and agencies, manufacturers, and institutions of higher education (including community colleges run by a State)--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- In awarding incentive grants under the Program to entities to carry out manufacturing enhancement strategies, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall give priority to an entity that, with respect to the costs to be incurred by the entity in carrying out a manufacturing enhancement strategy under the Program, the entity identifies and commits contributions in an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of Federal funds provided under the incentive grant.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) SOURCE OF CONTRIBUTIONS- A contribution described in paragraph (1) may consist of non-Federal funds, in-kind contributions, including contributions of space, equipment, services, and such other kinds of funds and contributions as the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor consider appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Coordination With Hollings Manufacturing Extension Centers- Each recipient of an incentive grant under the Program shall coordinate with a Hollings Manufacturing Extension Center as a preferred provider of services to implement the manufacturing enhancement strategy of the recipient as determined by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Not more than half of amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to carry out the Program may be used as described in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 4(b).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) TRAINING AND RETRAINING OF EMPLOYEES- Each recipient of an incentive grant under the Program shall, with respect to training new employees and retraining employees of manufacturers, help postsecondary educational institutions, training institutions, apprenticeship programs, and other training programs align curricula, entrance requirements, and programs to industry demand and nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials (or, if not available for the targeted industry, other credentials, as the Secretary of Labor considers appropriate), particularly for higher skill, high-priority occupations (as determined by the Secretary of Labor).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Administrative Expenses- A recipient of an incentive grant under the Program may only use such amount of the incentive grant for costs associated with administering the incentive grant as the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall specify in solicitations for applications for incentive grants.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Annual Reports- For each recipient of an incentive grant awarded under the Program, not later than 1 year after the date on which the recipient first receives funds under the Program, and not less frequently than once each year thereafter, the recipient shall submit to the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor a report describing--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) for each third-party recipient, the achievements of such third party with respect to relevant goals specified in the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy of the grant recipient; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) in the case of a recipient who used grants amounts as described in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 4(b), common employment outcomes using measures established by the Secretary of Labor.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE AND LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE REQUIRED.
The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall jointly establish an advisory committee to advise the secretaries with respect to implementing and evaluating the Program, which shall be comprised of the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. REVIEW AND EVALUATION.
(a) Grant Recipients- The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor may review and evaluate the performance of a recipient of an incentive grant under the Program as the secretaries consider appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Ineligibility for Future Grants- The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor may determine a recipient of an incentive grant under the Program to be ineligible to receive additional incentive grants under the Program if the Secretary determines that the recipient has failed to achieve compliance with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) any applicable guideline or regulation of the Secretary relating to the Program, including with respect to the misuse or misappropriation of funds provided under the Program; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink