'Our Manufacturing Sector is Critical, But After Three Years of
President Bush, it is in Crisis'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic
Leader Tom Daschle and other Members of Congress held a roundtable
discussion today with Governors Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Ed Rendell
(D-PA), and Jim Doyle (D-WI) on the U.S. manufacturing crisis. Below
are her remarks:
sector is vital to our future prosperity and security. Manufacturing
is critical for the financial security of millions of families --
every manufacturing job creates at least four other jobs. It is
critical for our countrys economic security -- manufacturing
accounts for approximately 17 percent of gross domestic product
and represents 71 percent of our exports abroad. And manufacturing
is critical for our national security. We cannot ensure a strong
military and protect the American homeland without a strong industrial
and manufacturing base.
sector is critical, but after three years of President Bush, it
is in crisis.
"Our country is hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs. Since taking
office, President Bush has lost 2.8 million good-paying manufacturing
jobs, and continues to lose more every month. 1 million jobs have
been shipped overseas. And manufacturing employment is at a 53-year
"For President Bush and the Republican Congress, however, manufacturing
is not a priority. Republicans have no plan to bring back good-paying
jobs that have been lost or to create new ones.
"The Republican leadership in the House refuses to schedule
a vote on the bipartisan Crane-Rangel manufacturing bill, which
would lower taxes for American manufacturers and keep good paying
jobs in the United States. Democrats have launched a discharge petition
to force a vote on this bill.
"Unbelievably, the Administration has actively disadvantaged
struggling manufacturers by gutting key programs such as the Manufacturing
House, instead of putting forward a jobs plan, Republicans have
renamed their special interest agenda with a name that sounds like
a jobs plan -- Hire Our Workers or HOW. But their agenda never says
how it will create jobs because it wont. It only repackages
their warmed over stew of special interest goodies - allowing increased
environmental pollution, restricting access to the courts, and increasing
health care costs for American workers.
need to get serious about job creation. They need to give our manufacturers
the tax relief they deserve, and they need to reward companies that
create jobs here in America, rather than sending them overseas."