Throughout our nation’s history, the strong American workforce has been at the center of our vibrant economy. In particular, our manufacturing sector has been a source of pride, a source of economic strength, and a source of well-paid jobs, as well as a guarantee of investment in an American future. Unfortunately, as the recession has hit our housing and our financial industries, it has taken a toll on our manufacturing industry as well.
There is no natural resource more resilient than the American worker, and that is why I am proud that we have focused on the “Make it in America” agenda. This manufacturing strategy for our country’s future is based on the idea that when more of our products are made in America, more citizens will be able to make it in America. Through incentives for investment in industry, support for infrastructure and innovation, and ending tax loopholes that ship our jobs overseas, we will bring more Americans back to work while strengthening all aspects of our economy.
Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created a vital and significant foundation for the future of a stronger economy. From assistance to homeowners, to investment in infrastructure, to easing credit for small businesses, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped put our economy back on track. In early 2009, we were bleeding 700,000 jobs a month. As of the end of March 2016, we’ve seen 73 straight months of private sector job growth.
Our top priority is creating jobs for the American people and creating an economy that's built to last, so that everyone has a fair chance at living the American dream if they work hard and play by the same rules. From creating clean energy jobs to helping small businesses expand and thrive right here in America, we can strengthen our middle class once again, and show them that it’s possible to make it in America.
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