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May 7, 2013 > 'Make it in America' jobs plan includes energy bill

'Make it in America' jobs plan includes energy bill

Submitted By Allison Bormel

Rep. Eric Swalwell's (CA-15) bill, H.R. 1022, the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act 2013 is included in the House Democratic Leadership's "Make it in America' jobs plan for the 113th Congress. The 'Make it in America' agenda, led by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate and create jobs right here in the U.S. The new 'Make It In America' legislation was announced on April 10, 2013.

Currently, China generates 97 percent of the world's energy critical elements supply, also known as rare earth elements, which have applications in everyday smart phones, clean tech innovations like hybrid cars and U.S. military needs, such as cruise missiles. H.R. 1022 aims to ensure a reliable supply of rare earth elements by directing the Department of Energy (DOE) to create research opportunities for university students in rare earths so America can develop a national technical expertise in the field. It also establishes a DOE loan guarantee program to spur private investment in the innovative technologies that will enable the United States to recycle or more efficiently use rare earth elements, or extract them responsibly.

"Reinvigorating our manufacturing sector is the best way to create high-skill, high-wage jobs that won't be outsourced. Right now, China controls our rare earth elements supply and the manufacturing benefits that result but we can change this through smart investments in our talents and technologies," said Rep. Swalwell. "I am proud that my bill was selected to be part of the Democrats' 'Make It In America' jobs plan which rightfully supports the development of a strong and competitive manufacturing base, so we can accomplish our bipartisan goal of putting more Americans back to work."

The 'Make It In America' legislation is focused on making progress in four key areas: developing a national manufacturing strategy, increasing manufacturing exports, encouraging businesses to bring innovation and jobs back home, and investing in training and securing a 21st century workforce.

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