SUMMARY

CPA’s Supply Chain Committee includes our members which make the parts, components, tools and machines that are essential to producing finished goods across our economy. We determine policies that will help small and medium sized supply chain companies be successful and advocate for these policies in Washington.

Background

The US has lost millions of jobs to China and other countries. Supply chain companies that serve the automotive, defense, consumer, electronics, aerospace and other markets have closed or struggled to survive.

Most national trade associations do not advocate for domestic small and mid-sized manufacturing companies that supply these markets, or do so on a narrow basis. Local and regional trade associations do not have the mandate, the bandwidth or the resources to engage in national advocacy to rebuild industrial sectors.

President Biden’s February 24, 2021 executive order states “Resilient American supply chains will revitalize and rebuild domestic manufacturing capacity, maintain America’s competitive edge in research and development, and create well-paying jobs.” Agencies are given 100 days, or one year, as the case may be, to conduct a review relating to developing supply chain plans.

A national industrial strategy is needed. However, many do not know how to think comprehensively about creating and implementing an industrial strategy. To the extent the elements of industrial strategy exist, there is no organized government and media relations effort to popularize and enact such policies.

July’s Supply Chain Committee Call

Guest Speaker: Majority Whip, James E. Clyburn

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group.

When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Congressman Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served as Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.

As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law. His 10-20-30 federal funding formula was included in four sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and has been expanded to 18 accounts in recent years. Congressman Clyburn is also a passionate supporter of historic preservation and restoration programs. His efforts have restored scores of historic buildings and sites on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities. His legislation created the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, elevated the Congaree National Monument to a National Park, and established the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Acting Chair

Michael Stumo

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