Issue Report ● Make It In America
For Immediate Release: 
November 9, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
For years, Leader Hoyer and House Democrats have championed the Make It In America plan. First begun as an effort to restore our nation’s manufacturing sector after the Great Recession, in the eleven years since its creation, the plan has been updated each Congress to respond to changing economic challenges and opportunities. In 2017 and 2018, House Democrats hit the road on a listening tour across the country to hear directly from Americans what tools they need in order to thrive in today’s economy. In 2018, an updated plan was released with targeted policy recommendations based directly on what was heard in conversation after conversation across the country: that Congress needs to focus on infrastructure, education, and entrepreneurship.

Since that plan was unveiled, Leader Hoyer and House Democrats have worked to advance legislation addressing those three issues. The most significant legislation yet - the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – implements a number of the goals laid out in the Make It In America plan. It would create millions of jobs and repair our national infrastructure network to unlock America’s economic potential, and will help millions of American workers build better lives for their families.

Majority Leader Hoyer in 2018: “Education; entrepreneurship; and infrastructure.  In these three areas, Congress needs to step up and act. We need to promote pathways to career opportunities and make training and education more affordable and accessible…we need to unleash our economy and job creation by repairing our aging infrastructure and building the innovative infrastructure of the future. If we can make Congress a partner again in helping businesses and workers get ahead, we can begin to renew Americans’ faith in government as a force for good.” [7/23/18]

The Make It In America plan aims to get hardworking Americans ahead by setting the following targeted goals and policy recommendations:

Infrastructure:

Goals:
  • Unleash our economy and job creation by repairing and rebuilding our aging infrastructure
  • Build the innovative infrastructure of the future
Policy Recommendations:
  • Enact multi-year, fully funded authorization bills that tackle the backlog for both transportation networks and water infrastructure
  • Build a reliable, efficient, and resilient electrical grid that includes clean energy resources
  • Promote a modern energy infrastructure that reduces waste and incentivizes storage and alternative forms of energy for vehicles
  • Expand affordable high-speed internet access, including through the accelerated deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure
Education:

Goals:
  • Promote pathways to career opportunities
  • Make training and education accessible and affordable
Policy Recommendations:
  • Promote stackable credentials for students preparing for the workforce, as well as those already in the workforce taking on new career challenges
  • Allow Pell grants to cover training programs

Entrepreneurship:

Goals:
  • Encourage new entrepreneurs by ensuring access to workplace benefits like health care and retirement security
  • Provide more and stronger tools to grow ideas into successful businesses
Policy Recommendations:
  • Provide a framework that promotes portability of benefits, such as health insurance and retirement
  • Increase the availability of capital to smaller firms
  • Promote regional industry clusters
THE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBS ACT
WILL REPAIR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE
AND BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will implement the infrastructure goals laid out in the Make It In America plan by repairing and rebuilding aging infrastructure and building an innovative infrastructure network for the future, which will create good-paying jobs for millions of American workers and promote economic opportunity in communities across the country. The bill includes provisions aligned with the policy recommendations of the Make It In America plan:

Enact multi-year, fully funded authorization bills that tackle the backlog for both transportation networks and water infrastructure
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a five-year reauthorization of our surface transportation programs, with substantial investments in roads, highways, bridges, transit:
    • Invests new funds for highways, roads, and bridges. Specifically, the infrastructure bill includes the single largest dedicated investment in bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, since the construction of the interstate highway system.
    • New transit funding.
    • Investments in passenger and freight rail, with substantial investments in Amtrak and modernizing the Northeast Corridor, intercity rail, and safety improvements.
    • Investments in port and airport infrastructure.
    • Funding for water infrastructure, including addressing lead and PFAS contamination.
Build a reliable, efficient, and resilient electrical grid that includes clean energy resources
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes funding to modernize and upgrade our energy system. It upgrades our power infrastructure, including by building thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy. 
  • The bill creates a new Grid Deployment Authority, invests in research and development for advanced transmission and electricity distribution technologies, and promotes smart grid technologies that deliver flexibility and resilience. 
  • The bill invests in demonstration projects and research hubs for next-generation technologies like advanced nuclear reactors, carbon capture, and clean hydrogen.
Promote a modern energy infrastructure that reduces waste and incentivizes storage and alternative forms of energy for vehicles
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would build electric vehicle charging corridors across the country, helping to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
  • The funds will help with the deployment of electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors to facilitate long-distance travel and within communities to provide convenient charging stations where people live, work, and shop. Federal funding will have a particular focus on rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach communities.
Expand affordable high-speed internet access, including through the accelerated deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure
  • The bill includes a substantial investment in broadband deployment, helping to close the digital divide with a historic level of investment in high-speed Internet to help workers, students, and seniors get online.
BY PROMOTING PATHWAYS TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES,
THE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBS ACT
MEETS THE EDUCATION GOALS OF
THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA PLAN

Through promoting pathways to career opportunities and making training and education more accessible, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act meets the education goals of the Make It In America plan by encouraging workforce development in the surface transportation sector. The bill also provides funds to establish centers to train engineers and other qualified individuals in energy-efficient design and operations.

Promote pathways to career opportunities
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
    • Allows states greater flexibility to address surface transportation workforce development, training and education needs, including activities that address current workforce gaps, such as work on construction projects
    • Permits states to obligate funds for pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and career opportunities for on-the-job training and vocational school support. 
Make training and education accessible and affordable
  • The energy infrastructure portion, and specifically the efficiency and building infrastructure portion, of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
    • Provides grants to institutions of higher education to establish centers to train engineers and other qualified individuals in energy-efficient design and operations and provides funding for the federal cost share of nonprofit partnerships between public employers, industry, and labor for career skills training programs.
    • Invests in institutions of higher education-based centers that provide assessments of small- and medium-sized manufacturers to optimize their energy efficiency and environmental performance and would also promote emerging technologies and R&D for alternative energy sources for energy-intensive industries.
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