WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a leader in Congress for American-based manufacturing and innovation, went to the White House today and advocated for his legislation that advances technology transfer by the federal government to American manufacturers for commercial development.
The occasion was the Champions of Change conference led by the U.S. Department of Commerce officials and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. Hoyer invited Fattah to the conference and cited him as a Congressional leader in advancing Hoyer's Make It in America agenda.
Fattah brought to the conference, Ms. Alix James Kocher, CEO of Neilson-Kellerman, a Champion of Change from Philadelphia who was invited to tell her success story as part of the program. The conference was live-streamed from the White House Conference Center.
Fattah is the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which handles appropriations for the Commerce Department.
Fattah wrote and introduced H.R. 2015, the American Discoveries and American Jobs Commission Act of 201. The legislation would establish a commission to compile information about the state of technology transfer from federally funded research to the private sector, with the goal of jump-starting American manufacture of the goods that are purchased by the federal government.
The Philadelphia Congressman, at today's conference, described his proposal and reiterated that he has urged President Obama to issue an order to compile and distribute this critical manufacturing information without waiting for Congress to act. "We can do it by law, we can also do it by executive order," Fattah told the two dozen government and business leaders.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah