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Rep. Garamendi Applauds President Biden’s Announcement of Nation’s First Made in America Policy Director

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a leader of the Congressional Make it in America Initiative, applauded President Biden’s announcement that Celeste Drake will serve as the Nation’s first Director of Made in America at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“By announcing the first Made in America Director in American history, President Biden has underscored his deep commitment to advancing ‘Buy American’ and ‘Make it in America’ policies that will provide a vital stimulus to our economy and create new middle-class jobs,” Garamendi said. “As a leader of the Congressional Make it in America Initiative, I am thrilled by this announcement and have the upmost faith that Celeste Drake will be an effective Director. Celeste is a fellow Californian who previously served as the Executive in Charge of Government Affairs for the Directors Guild of America, where she successfully advocated for more than 18,000 union workers. She also served as the Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist for the AFL-CIO, where she played a key role in shaping U.S. trade policy to support the American worker.  

“I look forward to working with Celeste Drake closely on a broad range of issues, including the following legislation that I have introduced in Congress:

  • The Made in America Act, which would strengthen ‘Buy American’ requirements across major federally funded public infrastructure projects to better support American businesses, manufacturers, and workers. This bipartisan and bicameral bill adds ‘Buy American’ requirements to federal programs that currently lack such standards and ensures that building materials used in these federally funded infrastructure projects, including steel, iron and construction materials, are produced domestically.
  • The Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, which would revitalize America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports from the United States be transported on U.S.-built, flagged, and crewed vessels. This bipartisan bill is expected to spur the construction of several dozen ships, supporting thousands of good-paying jobs in American shipyards, as well as the domestic vessel component manufacturing and maritime industries. According to an estimate from the Shipbuilders Council of America, the bill would result in the construction of more than 40 ships: approximately 28 LNG carriers by 2041 and 12 oil tankers by 2033.
  • The American Food for American Schools Act, which would strengthen enforcement of existing ‘Buy American’ requirements under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school breakfast, special milk, lunch, and afterschool snack programs to support American family farmers and ensure that schoolchildren are eating nutritious, locally grown foods. This bipartisan bill would also increase public transparency by allowing parents to know from where the food served to their children in school comes.
  • The TIFIA for Airports Act, which would unlock low-interest federal financing for public airport improvement projects, subject to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ‘Buy American’ requirements to modernize our nation’s airports using American materials and workers. This bill builds upon U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) “Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) for Airports.”
  • The Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act, which would require airlines to disclose the maintenance history for their aircraft fleets, specifically the location and date an aircraft underwent heavy maintenance—the most comprehensive test for an aircraft. Specifically, airlines would be required to submit an annual report to a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database that tracks the maintenance history of their aircraft fleets. The database would indicate whether maintenance was conducted in the United States or abroad; by FAA-certified mechanics or not; or by airline employees or third-party contractors. This bipartisan bill prioritizes transparency for passengers, airline safety, and supports the creation of new middle-class aviation mechanic jobs in the United States,” Garamendi concluded.

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