Slaughter Vows to Protect Rochester Manufacturing Institute from Defunding by the Trump Administration
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today vowed to protect the new RIT-led public-private clean energy manufacturing institute from defunding by the Trump administration. In January, Slaughter announced that she successfully landed Rochester the clean energy manufacturing institute following a nationwide competition. However, the Trump administration’s recent budget request would make draconian cuts to the Department of Energy and eliminate the funding that makes this and four other Manufacturing USA Institutes across the country possible. Slaughter is working to make sure that President Trump’s budget, which would harm the Monroe County economy and negatively impact our country’s standing as the global manufacturing innovation leader, never becomes a reality.
“The president’s budget proposal calls for cutting DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s budget by nearly 70 percent and for the elimination of the five DOE-led Manufacturing USA Institutes that it funds. This would be a major setback for the Monroe County economy and have grave impacts on U.S. standing as the global manufacturing innovation leader,” wrote Slaughter to the leaders of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. “American ingenuity is indisputable but without programs that foster public-private partnerships, our ability to lead in innovation will be threatened.”
In January, an RIT-led consortium won a competition by the U.S. Department of Energy to headquarter a new public-private clean energy manufacturing institute. This institute will help further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions. As the winning consortium, it will match the federal award of $70 million for a total investment of at least $140 million. This victory followed Slaughter’s campaign urging former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to support this RIT-led proposal, which will leverage Rochester’s expertise as a global leader in manufacturing innovation.
College officials, on behalf of academic and industrial partners from around the country, submitted the proposal in September under the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program to create a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The NNMI program – now known as Manufacturing USA – invests federal resources together with private and non-federal funds to build up the nation’s advanced manufacturing capabilities through creating an initial network of up to 15 new institutes.
Slaughter opposes President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which would slash funding for the Department of Energy by $2 billion. This budget proposal calls for cutting DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s budget by nearly 70 percent and for the elimination of the five DOE-led Manufacturing USA Institutes that it funds.
This is the second manufacturing institute Slaughter has secured for Rochester over the last three years. After more than three years of advocacy, Slaughter announced in 2015 that a Rochester-led national consortium had won a competition by the U.S. Department of Defense to headquarter an advanced manufacturing institute for photonics. The institute – the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics – is made possible through federal, state, and industry investments that will exceed $600 million, with Rochester serving as the consortium’s national headquarters.
The full text of the letter is below and can be found online here.
June 15, 2017
The Honorable Mike Simpson The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Chairman Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Subcommittee on Energy and Water
Development, and Related Agencies Development, and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations
2362-B Rayburn House Office Building 1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:
I write to extend my strong support for robust funding of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing USA Institutes. The president’s budget proposal calls for cutting DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s budget by nearly 70 percent and for the elimination of the five DOE-led Manufacturing USA Institutes that it funds. This would be a major setback for the Monroe County economy and have grave impacts on U.S. standing as the global manufacturing innovation leader. The Manufacturing USA program brings together the private sector and technology experts across the country to address barriers that hinder the development of next-generation products. American ingenuity is indisputable but without programs that foster public-private partnerships, our ability to lead in innovation will be threatened.
As a longtime supporter of manufacturing innovation, I am so proud to represent a district that has been chosen to lead two of the fourteen Manufacturing USA institutes – one of which is funded by the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. The Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute is a collaboration of over one hundred world-class research universities, national labs, and industrial partners that include the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT), Caterpillar, Staples, Idaho National Lab, and Ohio State University. Led by RIT’s Dr. Nabil Nasr, who has three decades of experience, REMADE will improve upon remanufacturing techniques that will profoundly impact military and commercial equipment, help save government and industry untold sums and create good paying jobs. The work that will be done through REMADE will help bolster American innovation and help secure a more sustainable future for U.S. manufacturing.
I urge you to provide full funding for the Manufacturing USA program within the DOE as you consider the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
Louise M. Slaughter