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National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Signed into Law

Washington, DC – The Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act, which would help create new manufacturing jobs and invest in local economies throughout the country, has passed the Senate. The legislation was included in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate yesterday evening.

The bipartisan legislation would help create new jobs and boost local economies across the country by designating regions as “Manufacturing Communities.” This legislation would create a program for new dedicated federal funding and technical assistance to communities that are awarded this designation. Communities would receive federal assistance to grow their manufacturing sectors and help revive their local economy. This program would strengthen the ability for communities across the country to develop and manufacture cutting-edge technology that is foundational to the nation’s defense and manufacturing competitiveness. The manufacturing communities initiative will be housed at the Department of Defense (DoD), which will work with the Department of Commerce in carrying out the program.

This program is based on Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s (NY) bipartisan Made In America Manufacturing Communities Act, which is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME), Susan M. Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).