Esty Manufacturing Amendment Passes House

September 14, 2017

by Connstep Team

Esty: “Let’s keep MEP and support American workers”


WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 14, 2017 – An amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) passed the House last night by a vote of 279-137. The Torres-Esty amendment passed as part of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, will increase funding for MEP by $5 million in FY 2018. On Thursday, H.R. 3354 passed the house by the vote of 211-198 and now awaits further consideration by the Senate

“Like for so many of our communities across the country, manufacturing is the backbone of Connecticut’s economy. Ensuring we have a strong, highly trained workforce is critical in creating and retaining jobs in Connecticut. That’s why I’m working to close the skills gap, improve workforce training, and help match workers with good-paying careers in in-demand fields. Every American—no matter their background—deserves the opportunity to compete for these jobs. By continuing to fund the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we will continue to advocate for policies that grow jobs and promote innovation.,” Esty said.

“The passing of this amendment shows an understanding of why the MEP program is so important to the small and medium size manufacturers in the US, which all parties can agree is an industry that is the backbone of our country.  Congresswoman Esty has taken time to see the results of the program in CT first hand through plant tours and their reported metrics.  Every state has manufacturers who remain competitive through the support of this national program,” Bonnie Del Conte, President and CEO of CONNSTEP, said.

Created by the Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers providing them with technical support services to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. There are MEP centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with over 1,300 technical experts serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers’ challenges and identifying opportunities for growth.

Esty Takes the House Floor

Earlier this week, Esty took to the House floor urging her colleagues to support the amendment, saying MEP has had a tangible and important role in American job creation and economic growth.

To view video of Esty’s floor speech, click the image above or visit

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