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Hudson Introduces Bill to Advance American Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has introduced the Advancing IOT Manufacturing Act, a bill to advance U.S. manufacturing and protect America's supply chain for critical industries.
 
"Threats from the coronavirus have made advancing American manufacturing and protecting our supply chains more critical than ever before, especially for emerging technologies and internet-connected devices," said Rep. Hudson. "This crisis has shown the dangers of being too heavily reliant on countries like China for industries including manufacturing and health care. I look forward to advancing this common sense legislation in Congress."
 
The bill requires the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on manufacturing in the United States, examining industries that are reliant on manufacturing and reviewing how internet-connected devices, also referred to as Internet of Things (IOT) devices, and internet solutions can impact the manufacturing process. This review will also study both challenges and opportunities created by widespread adoption of internet-connected devices.
 
To protect supply chains, this bill also examines existing supply chains and assesses the severity of risks involved, including the ability of foreign governments like China or third parties to exploit supply chains in a way that jeopardizes economic and national security.
 
Rep. Hudson's legislation is part of a package of bills announced last week by Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and other challenges to global competitiveness.
 
“Emerging technologies will define America’s future. We must lead to develop and adopt these technologies to not only take advantage of their tremendous benefits, but also to maintain our national and economic security as other countries like China try to beat us over the next decade. I thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership in this subcommittee agenda that will help our nation foster innovation, secure supply chains, and protect American consumers,” Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) said.
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