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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
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[S. 63 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 63

  To require the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor to 
 establish the Made In America Incentive Grant Program, and for other 
                               purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

             January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013

    Mrs. Gillibrand (for herself, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Merkley, Mr. 
  Blumenthal, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was 
  read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
                             Transportation

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                                 A BILL


 
  To require the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor to 
 establish the Made In America Incentive Grant Program, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Made In America Manufacturing Act of 
2013''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Industry cluster.--The term ``industry cluster'' means 
        a concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, 
        research and development entities, service providers, and 
        associated institutions in a particular field that are linked 
        by common manufacturing and workforce needs.
            (2) Manufacturer.--The term ``manufacturer'' shall be 
        defined by the Secretary of Commerce in accordance with the 
        North American Industry Classification System.
            (3) Nationally portable.--The term ``nationally portable'', 
        with respect to a credential, means a credential that is sought 
        or accepted by businesses within the industry sector involved, 
        across multiple States, as a recognized, preferred, or required 
        credential for recruitment, screening, advancement, or hiring 
        purposes.
            (4) Program.--The term ``Program'' means the program 
        established under section 3(a).
            (5) Regional partnership.--The term ``regional 
        partnership'' means a collaborative group that--
                    (A) organizes key stakeholders in a targeted 
                industry cluster or broader manufacturing partnership 
                into a working group that focuses on the needs of 
                manufacturers in order to implement a manufacturing 
                enhancement strategy;
                    (B) includes, at the appropriate stage of 
                development of the partnership--
                            (i) representatives of multiple firms or 
                        employers in the targeted industry cluster, 
                        including small- or medium-sized manufacturers 
                        and large manufacturers when practicable;
                            (ii) one or more representatives of State 
                        labor organizations, central labor coalitions, 
                        or other labor organizations, except in 
                        instances where no labor representation exists;
                            (iii) one or more representatives of 
                        postsecondary educational institutions or other 
                        training providers;
                            (iv) one or more representatives of State 
                        workforce agencies or other entities providing 
                        employment services; and
                            (v) one or more representatives of a State 
                        or local government or Indian tribe (as defined 
                        in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination 
                        and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b));
                    (C) may include representatives of--
                            (i) State or local economic development 
                        agencies;
                            (ii) other State or local agencies;
                            (iii) chambers of commerce;
                            (iv) nonprofit organizations;
                            (v) philanthropic organizations;
                            (vi) economic development organizations;
                            (vii) industry associations;
                            (viii) a local or regional Hollings 
                        Manufacturing Extension Center; and
                            (ix) other organizations, as determined 
                        necessary by the members comprising the 
                        industry or sector partnership; and
                    (D) designates as the fiscal agent for the 
                collaborative group a not-for-profit organization or 
                government entity that is a member of the collaborative 
                group.
            (6) Small-sized manufacturer.--The term ``small-sized 
        manufacturer'' means a manufacturer that is a small business 
        concern.
            (7) Small business concern.--The term ``small business 
        concern'' has the meaning given such term under section 3 of 
        the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
            (8) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the 50 States, 
        the District of Columbia, and any territory or possession of 
        the United States.

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF MADE IN AMERICA INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM.

    (a) Establishment.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of 
Labor shall jointly establish a program under which the secretaries 
shall jointly award incentive grants to eligible entities to support 
the manufacturing industry in the United States.
    (b) Administration.--The Secretary of Labor shall administer the 
Program with respect to all matters relating to the use of incentive 
grants for job training and the Secretary of Commerce shall administer 
the Program with respect to all other matters.
    (c) Eligible Entities.--For purposes of the Program, an eligible 
entity is any of the following:
            (1) A State.
            (2) A regional partnership.
    (d) Designation.--The program established under subsection (a) 
shall be known as the ``Made In America Incentive Grant Program''.
    (e) Coordination.--In carrying out the Program, the Secretary of 
Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall coordinate with such other 
heads of Federal agencies as the secretaries consider appropriate.

SEC. 4. INCENTIVE GRANTS.

    (a) Maximum Amount.--An incentive grant awarded by the Secretary of 
Commerce and the Secretary of Labor under the Program may not exceed 
$20,000,000.
    (b) Use of Funds.--An incentive grant awarded by the Secretary of 
Commerce and the Secretary of Labor under the Program shall be used by 
the recipient of the incentive grant to carry out a manufacturing 
enhancement strategy through the following:
            (1) Establishing a revolving loan fund to issue loans to 
        manufacturers to finance the cost of any of the following:
                    (A) Retooling, retrofitting, expanding, or 
                establishing (including applicable engineering costs) a 
                manufacturer in the United States, including with 
                respect to equipment, facilities, infrastructure, or 
                capital.
                    (B) Activities relating to improving the energy or 
                process efficiency of a manufacturer, but not relating 
                to or involving training.
            (2) Retraining the employees of the manufacturers, 
        including through the awarding of grants to not-for-profit 
        third parties--
                    (A) to provide skills necessary to operate new or 
                advanced manufacturing equipment; or
                    (B) to sustain or improve the processes of the 
                manufacturer.
            (3) Training new employees of the manufacturers, including 
        through the awarding of grants to not-for-profit third 
        parties--
                    (A) to provide on-the-job training;
                    (B) to provide off-site training;
                    (C) for classroom and on-site experiential 
                learning;
                    (D) for the development and implementation of 
                registered apprenticeship programs; and
                    (E) for such other activities as the Secretary of 
                Labor considers appropriate for training new employees 
                of the manufacturers.
            (4) Creating or expanding export activity and domestic 
        supply chain opportunities by providing capital and technical 
        expertise to the manufacturers--
                    (A) to facilitate new connections in domestic 
                supply chains between small-sized manufacturers and 
                other manufacturers; and
                    (B) for such other activities as the Secretary of 
                Commerce considers appropriate.
            (5) Such other activities as the Secretary of Commerce and 
        the Secretary of Labor consider appropriate to carry out a 
        manufacturing enhancement strategy.
    (c) Interest Rates.--Loans issued under subsection (b)(1) shall 
bear an interest rate determined by the entity receiving the incentive 
grant as follows:
            (1) The interest rate shall enable the loan recipient to 
        accomplish the activities described in subparagraphs (A) and 
        (B) of subsection (b)(1).
            (2) The interest rate may be set below market interest 
        rates.
            (3) The interest rate may not be less than zero percent.
            (4) The interest rate may not exceed the current prime rate 
        plus 500 basis points.
    (d) Use of Funds in United States.--A recipient of an incentive 
grant under the Program may only use such grant to carry out activities 
in the United States and to improve manufacturing in the United States.

SEC. 5. REQUIREMENTS FOR INCENTIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS.

    (a) Application.--
            (1) In general.--An entity seeking an incentive grant under 
        the Program shall submit to the Secretary of Commerce and the 
        Secretary of Labor an application therefor at such time, in 
        such form, and in such manner as the Secretary of Commerce and 
        the Secretary of Labor may require.
            (2) Elements.--Each application submitted under paragraph 
        (1) shall include the following:
                    (A) The manufacturing enhancement strategy for 
                which the entity is seeking an incentive grant under 
                the Program.
                    (B) Such other information as the Secretary of 
                Commerce and the Secretary of Labor consider 
                appropriate.
            (3) Proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy.--Each 
        manufacturing enhancement strategy submitted under paragraph 
        (2)(A) by an entity for an incentive grant shall include the 
        following:
                    (A) A description of the plans of the entity to 
                make loans or grants to third parties with funds from 
                the incentive grant and how such plans will improve the 
                competitiveness of a particular industry cluster 
                identified by the entity and of manufacturing in the 
                United States in one or more industries.
                    (B) A description of the expected economic return 
                on investment of the entity's manufacturing enhancement 
                strategy with respect to the incentive grant, including 
                the following:
                            (i) The number of jobs to be created or 
                        retained by third-party recipients of loans or 
                        grants issued or awarded by the entity under 
                        the Program.
                            (ii) The sales to be increased or retained 
                        by such third-party recipients.
                            (iii) The cost savings to be achieved by 
                        such third-party recipients due to energy 
                        efficiency savings or other activities 
                        supported by loans issued or grants awarded by 
                        the entity under the Program.
                            (iv) The workforce training investments to 
                        be made by the entity or such third-party 
                        recipients, including--
                                    (I) the number of training hours to 
                                be provided; and
                                    (II) a description of the 
                                nationally portable, industry 
                                recognized credentials or, if not 
                                available, other credentials, related 
                                to the targeted industry cluster that 
                                the entity proposes to support, 
                                develop, or use as a performance 
                                measure, in order to carry out the 
                                goals of the entity with respect to the 
                                proposed manufacturing enhancement 
                                strategy.
                            (v) The amount of capital and technical 
                        assistance to be provided to manufacturers to 
                        expand the export opportunities, facilitate new 
                        domestic supply chains, or carry out other 
                        authorized activities.
                            (vi) Private investments from the third-
                        party recipients or affiliated private 
                        investors leveraged by grant funding.
                            (vii) How the entity will address, to the 
                        extent practicable, economic distress, 
                        including high rates of unemployment, 
                        situations of sudden and severe economic 
                        dislocation, in particular where mass layoffs 
                        result in a precipitous increase in 
                        unemployment, and such other similar issues of 
                        economic distress as the Secretary of Commerce 
                        considers appropriate.
                    (C) A description of how the entity intends to 
                establish a Made In America Partnership Board--
                            (i) to assist the entity in issuing loans 
                        and awarding grants to third parties;
                            (ii) to ensure the coordination and best 
                        use of Federal, State, regional, and local 
                        assets and resources for the implementation of 
                        the proposed manufacturing enhancement 
                        strategy; and
                            (iii) which shall be comprised of, to the 
                        extent practicable, representatives of--
                                    (I) economic development agencies 
                                of State and local governments;
                                    (II) departments of labor;
                                    (III) workforce investment boards 
                                and agencies;
                                    (IV) institutions of higher 
                                education, including community colleges 
                                run by a State;
                                    (V) economic development 
                                organizations;
                                    (VI) chambers of commerce;
                                    (VII) nonprofit organizations;
                                    (VIII) philanthropic organizations;
                                    (IX) industry associations;
                                    (X) labor organizations;
                                    (XI) a local or regional Hollings 
                                Manufacturing Extension Center; and
                                    (XII) such other organizations or 
                                entities as the entity considers 
                                appropriate.
                    (D) A description of the plans of the entity to 
                foster, through the Made In America Partnership Board 
                established by the entity, collaboration between 
                Federal entities, State and local economic development 
                organizations and agencies, State and local workforce 
                development organizations and agencies, manufacturers, 
                and institutions of higher education (including 
                community colleges run by a State)--
                            (i) to improve resource allocation, 
                        including coordinating the use of other 
                        Federal, State, and local funding sources to 
                        improve intended results;
                            (ii) to identify opportunities to leverage 
                        additional public and private funding for the 
                        purposes of implementing the manufacturing 
                        enhancement strategy; and
                            (iii) to ensure comprehensive counseling, 
                        technical assistance, workforce development, 
                        and export assistance are provided to 
                        manufacturers.
    (b) Priority for Entities With Matching Funds.--
            (1) In general.--In awarding incentive grants under the 
        Program to entities to carry out manufacturing enhancement 
        strategies, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of 
        Labor shall give priority to an entity that, with respect to 
        the costs to be incurred by the entity in carrying out a 
        manufacturing enhancement strategy under the Program, the 
        entity identifies and commits contributions in an amount equal 
        to not less than 50 percent of Federal funds provided under the 
        incentive grant.
            (2) Source of contributions.--A contribution described in 
        paragraph (1) may consist of non-Federal funds, in-kind 
        contributions, including contributions of space, equipment, 
        services, and such other kinds of funds and contributions as 
        the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor consider 
        appropriate.
    (c) Coordination With Hollings Manufacturing Extension Centers.--
Each recipient of an incentive grant under the Program shall coordinate 
with a Hollings Manufacturing Extension Center as a preferred provider 
of services to implement the manufacturing enhancement strategy of the 
recipient as determined by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary 
of Labor.
    (d) Workforce Training Investments.--
            (1) In general.--Not more than half of amounts appropriated 
        or otherwise made available to carry out the Program may be 
        used as described in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 4(b).
            (2) Training and retraining of employees.--Each recipient 
        of an incentive grant under the Program shall, with respect to 
        training new employees and retraining employees of 
        manufacturers, help postsecondary educational institutions, 
        training institutions, apprenticeship programs, and other 
        training programs align curricula, entrance requirements, and 
        programs to industry demand and nationally portable, industry-
        recognized credentials (or, if not available for the targeted 
        industry, other credentials, as the Secretary of Labor 
        considers appropriate), particularly for higher skill, high-
        priority occupations (as determined by the Secretary of Labor).
    (e) Administrative Expenses.--A recipient of an incentive grant 
under the Program may only use such amount of the incentive grant for 
costs associated with administering the incentive grant as the 
Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall specify in 
solicitations for applications for incentive grants.
    (f) Annual Reports.--For each recipient of an incentive grant 
awarded under the Program, not later than 1 year after the date on 
which the recipient first receives funds under the Program, and not 
less frequently than once each year thereafter, the recipient shall 
submit to the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor a report 
describing--
            (1) the loans and grants issued and awarded by the 
        recipient to third parties using incentive grant funds;
            (2) the achievements with respect to the goals identified 
        in the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy of the grant 
        recipient;
            (3) for each third-party recipient, the achievements of 
        such third party with respect to relevant goals specified in 
        the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy of the grant 
        recipient; and
            (4) in the case of a recipient who used grants amounts as 
        described in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 4(b), common 
        employment outcomes using measures established by the Secretary 
        of Labor.

SEC. 6. ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE AND LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE REQUIRED.

    The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Labor shall jointly 
establish an advisory committee to advise the secretaries with respect 
to implementing and evaluating the Program, which shall be comprised of 
the following:
            (1) One or more individuals who represent a State 
        government.
            (2) One or more individuals who represent a local 
        government.
            (3) One or more individuals who represent a regional 
        planning organization or economic development organization.
            (4) One or more individuals who represent the education 
        sector.
            (5) One or more individuals who represent the manufacturing 
        sector.
            (6) One or more individuals who represent a labor 
        organization.
            (7) Such other individuals as the Secretary considers 
        appropriate.

SEC. 7. REVIEW AND EVALUATION.

    (a) Grant Recipients.--The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary 
of Labor may review and evaluate the performance of a recipient of an 
incentive grant under the Program as the secretaries consider 
appropriate.
    (b) Ineligibility for Future Grants.--The Secretary of Commerce and 
the Secretary of Labor may determine a recipient of an incentive grant 
under the Program to be ineligible to receive additional incentive 
grants under the Program if the Secretary determines that the recipient 
has failed to achieve compliance with--
            (1) any applicable guideline or regulation of the Secretary 
        relating to the Program, including with respect to the misuse 
        or misappropriation of funds provided under the Program; or
            (2) the proposed manufacturing enhancement strategy of the 
        recipient.
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