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SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member of the Appropriations Committee announced today that several of his manufacturing priorities were included in the 2014 Congressional spending bill, including key provisions from legislation he introduced in 2011, H.R. 614, the American Discoveries and American Jobs Commission Act.
The principal idea of H.R. 614 was incorporated into the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) section of the omnibus appropriations bill: creating incentives that new products developed through federally-funded research, and therefore financed by taxpayer's money, be manufactured in America. The initiative will also result in legislative and regulatory recommendations that improve domestic intellectual property transfer and retention.
Overall, the Department of Commerce received $8.2 billion in the appropriations bill, more than $800 million above FY13 post-sequester levels. Included in the funding are investments in Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs, the Minority Business Development Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the International Trade Administration (ITA).
"These programs will help our manufacturing base become more innovative, more competitive, and ultimately more successful. Manufacturing remains one of America's-and one of Pennsylvania's-most important industries and we must be constantly encouraging new programs and ideas that drive domestic manufacturing," Congressman Fattah said.
Additional Fattah manufacturing priorities included in the 2014 spending bill:
Fattah is lead Democrat on CJS Subcommittee and worked closely with Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) on the above manufacturing initiatives included in the final legislation, which was passed by the House and Senate this week.
Click here to view remarks Congressman Fattah made yesterday on the House floor in support of the manufacturing investments included in the 2014 spending bill.
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