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Congress Pushes for Manufacturing Czar at White House

This would be the manufacturing equivalent to the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Congress Pushes for Manufacturing Czar at White House

A bipartisan group of Senators plan to push the White House to create a "chief manufacturing officer" who would report directly to President Biden, mirroring representation now enjoyed by science and technology, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Every modern White House talks about its desire to elevate manufacturing, particularly as America's economy has become more services-oriented. This would be the manufacturing equivalent to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which works alongside (but not under) the National Economic Council.


Bill sponsors include Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Plus Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

It also has endorsements from a whole host of trade groups, representing both industry and labor.


Illustration by Aïda Amer/Axios.

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Dane Carlson

Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. By day: Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, Texas. Previously: World's first business blogger.