Sen. Chris Coons, co-founder of the Senate Competitiveness Caucus and the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, released a statement July 17 in response to the White House’s ‘Made in America’ week.

“Since entering the Senate, supporting and growing American manufacturing has been one of my top legislative priorities, and I’m encouraged that the White House is talking about manufacturing this week,” Coons said. “However, if we really want to support and grow American manufacturing we need more than theme weeks and slogans; we need new ideas, new policies, and real leadership from the White House.”

“In the first seven months of the Trump Administration, the manufacturing rhetoric from the White House simply has not been matched with real action. For example, President Trump’s proposed budget eliminated the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, one of the most important and effective federal manufacturing programs, and guts the Manufacturing USA program, which is critical to supporting manufacturing innovation.

“I’m still more than willing to work with President Trump and my colleagues in Congress to support ‘Made in America’ policies. I have championed a number of bipartisan, pro-manufacturing bills, including a permanent extension of the R&D tax credit and the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which creates new federal protections for intellectual property. Just last month, I introduced the Invent and Manufacture in America Act with Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, which increases the R&D tax credit for companies that not only design in America but make it in America. I would love to work with the President to pass this ‘Made in America’ bill into law, but to do that, we need him to act, not just talk.”