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H.J.Res. 285 (103rd): To designate the week beginning March 13, 1994, as “National Manufacturing Week”.

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 28, 1993 (Introduced).

HJ 285 IH


1st Session

H. J. RES. 285

To designate the week beginning March 13, 1994, as ‘National Manufacturing Week’.


OCTOBER 28, 1993

Mr. VALENTINE (for himself, Mr. LEWIS of Florida, Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey, and Mr. MEEHAN) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service


To designate the week beginning March 13, 1994, as ‘National Manufacturing Week’.

Whereas, throughout the history of the United States, manufacturing has contributed substantially to the economic well-being of the Nation;

Whereas manufacturing is an essential yet often overlooked component of the economic foundation of the United States;

Whereas a strong manufacturing industry contributes to continued growth, prosperity, and high-paying jobs in every other sector of the national economy;

Whereas manufacturing directly employs more than 18,000,000 workers, and at least 18,000,000 workers in the service sector depend on a sound manufacturing sector for their jobs;

Whereas manufacturing accounts for many of the highest paying jobs in the economy, and manufacturing wages are 20 percent higher on the average than non-manufacturing wages;

Whereas, in the 1980’s, manufacturing increased from 20 to 23 percent of the gross national product, and manufacturing productivity in the last decade has increased at an annual rate of 3.6 percent, 3 times faster than the rate at which non-manufacturing activity has increased;

Whereas the quality revolution has been one of the most important factors contributing to the recent resurgence of manufacturing in the United States;

Whereas manufacturing is an important source of tax revenue for the Federal Government, and State and local governments;

Whereas the continued leadership of the United States in science and technology is inherently linked to the success of manufacturing;

Whereas manufactured goods account for more than 80 percent of the trade deficit of the United States, indicating that manufacturing is especially important to overall national competitiveness and international trade;

Whereas a sound manufacturing economy is an essential precondition for a strong national defense;

Whereas the school children of the Nation should be educated about job opportunities in manufacturing; and

Whereas the people of the United States should be educated about the importance of manufacturing to the economy, the international competitiveness, and the standard of living of the Nation, and about the challenges and changing nature of manufacturing: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the week beginning March 13, 1994, is designated as ‘National Manufacturing Week’, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.