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ROSEN URGES APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE ROBUST DOE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING OFFICE FUNDING IN FY19 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

March 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) sent a letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Chairman Mike Simpson (ID-02) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) urging them to include robust funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). AMO promotes the development and implementation of innovative energy-efficient technologies in manufacturing.

 

“Manufacturing is a vital part of our economy, employing nearly 12.5 million workers and generating over half of U.S. export value,” Rosen writes. “In addition, manufacturing accounts for 25% of total U.S. energy consumption, at a cost of $130 billion. In order to remain globally competitive, we must invest in programs like AMO that are cost-effective and reduce our manufacturing energy use.”

 

“AMO is the only technology development office within the federal government that is dedicated to improving the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector,” the letter continues. “AMO partners with industry, small business, academia, and other stakeholders to invest in emerging clean products and technology that increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental emissions.”

 

Read the text of the letter below.

 

LETTER TEXT

 

March 16, 2018

 

The Honorable Mike Simpson

Chairman

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur

Ranking Member

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:

As you work to develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, I write to express my support for robust funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), which encourages the development and adoption of new, energy-efficient technologies in manufacturing.

Manufacturing is a vital part of our economy, employing nearly 12.5 million workers and generating over half of U.S. export value. In addition, manufacturing accounts for 25% of total U.S. energy consumption, at a cost of $130 billion. In order to remain globally competitive, we must invest in programs like AMO that are cost-effective and reduce our manufacturing energy use.

AMO is the only technology development office within the federal government that is dedicated to improving the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector. AMO partners with industry, small business, academia, and other stakeholders to invest in emerging clean products and technology that increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental emissions.

To drive innovation and spur job creation, AMO supports Research and Development (R&D) projects focused on next-generation materials and process improvements, as well as programs supporting the deployment of advanced energy efficiency technologies and practices.

I urge you to include robust funding for AMO in FY19 in order to ensure we can utilize new technologies that will reduce energy waste and cost in the production process, create U.S. manufacturing jobs, and enhance our competitiveness.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

 

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