U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced critical investments in manufacturing and job training programs that she fought to secure in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in the Senate on Sept. 19.
The bill includes increasing the amount of money available through the Defense Production Act for entrepreneurs and small businesses focused on making products in the United States. Many small businesses looking to grow their manufacturing operations don’t have access to the capital they need, which can force them to move jobs overseas in order to continue growing.
The also bill provides $35 million for the federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership to provide small manufacturing companies with the resources and opportunities they need to get more of their products into the U.S. Department of Defense supply chain and directs the Department of Defense to continue a cost-effective public-private partnership that connects the government, universities in New York and across the country, and private companies to support entrepreneurs in launching companies and creating innovative, high-tech national security jobs in areas such as advanced manufacturing, biometrics, cyber and information security, sensors and remote sensing, and space systems for the military.
The NDAA now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.