Blumenthal Applauds President’s Launch of Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

(Hartford, CT) – Senator Richard Blumenthal released the following statement today after President Obama announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance American competitiveness in the global economy:

“The President understands that manufacturers are critical to continued economic recovery and job growth. In order to be successful in the global marketplace, America must reinvest in our domestic manufacturing here at home.  The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is an important step toward developing new, cutting edge technologies by engaging government, the private sector, and higher education to create jobs, innovate, and ensure that America continues to be a global leader in manufacturing and technology. As I continue to advance my Made in Connecticut initiatives, I applaud the President’s announcement and am confident that this is a critical step forward to reinvigorate our economy.”

To launch the AMP, the President today announced a number of key steps being taken by the federal government, including building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries; reducing the time to develop and deploy advanced materials; investing in next-generation robotics; and developing innovative energy-efficient manufacturing processes. Additionally information on the AMP is available here.

Earlier this week, Blumenthal introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act that will make it easier for manufacturers to invest new capital into equipment, facilities, and job training that will make them more competitive and enable them to grow and create more jobs.

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