By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) became a cosponsor to a bill that will rejuvenate American manufacturing and create good jobs. H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), would establish manufacturing institutes, known as the Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI). This important jobs bill would help ensure that American workers receive the training they need to compete for good-paying manufacturing jobs.
NMI is a public-private partnership that connects the federal government, local governments, universities, and research institutes to industry and businesses with the goal of training the workforce of tomorrow. This bill aims to ensure the skills learned before entry to the workforce are as commercially relevant as possible.
The bill accomplishes this by creating as many as fifteen Innovation Manufacturing Institutes across the nation to train and match job seekers with vital regional industries that are indispensable to American economic growth. Rather than encouraging workers to enter risky and unproven industries, this legislation focuses on proven industries with a strong commercial market. NMI will require a significant non-federal cost match to ensure that taxpayer dollars and private sector investment hold an equal stake in this program.
Said Cook, “Government handouts aren’t the answer. Providing people the opportunity for good-paying jobs is the only long-term solution to our nation’s unemployment crisis. Job seekers need 21st century skills to succeed in the 21st century economy. This legislation will equip job seekers with the abilities that employers need. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this vital jobs legislation.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.