U.S. Rep. Phil Hare Visits Crawford Co.July 31, 2010
U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, on Monday said a series of bills called the "Make it in America" agenda would help improve American manufacturing, create new jobs, and help lay the foundation for a stronger economy.
Introduced in the House of Representatives in April by Rep. Hare, the SEAM Act has been referred to the House Ways and Means committee. The act would amend Internal Revenue code to allocate $5 billion in grants and tax credits to U.S. manufacturers of parts used in alternative energy projects. The companion Senate bill has been referred to the Senate finance committee.
Three other parts of the "Make it in America" agenda passed in the House and were sent to the Senate on Sunday: the National Manufacturing Strategy Act, the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act and the End the Trade Deficit Act. Rep. Hare said six more pieces of legislation, including the SEAM Act, are in the works.
Rep. Hare said west central Illinois is one of the areas hardest hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs. Too much green technology is made overseas and shipped to the U.S., he said. "Make it in America" is an opportunity to "level the playing field," he said, letting firms like Crawford Company expand and explore new green technology.
"There's no reason why, with the best work force on the planet, we can't start making it here and keep making it here," Rep. Hare said.
Crawford vice president Jim Maynard said his company will benefit from the legislation, including the 30 percent tax credit it contains. The firm's green technology products include fiberglass duct systems that don't create mold or hold water and Monoxivent systems that collect smoke and fumes.
By Kurt Liske