Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was appointed to the Conference Committee to negotiate with the Senate and produce a final legislative package covering supply chains, innovation, and international competition. Differences between the House-passed America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521) and the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA, or S. 1260) must be resolved in order to send a strong, bipartisan package to the President's desk for signature. The House measure includes one of Congressman Kinzinger's major, bipartisan supply chain bills: the Manufacturing Economy And National Security (MEANS) Act (H.R. 5492).
After his appointment to this committee, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:
"I'm pleased to be appointed to this Conference Committee and feel it reflects the work my office has undertaken over the past two years to make our supply chains more secure and resilient. As long and difficult as this journey has been, the most critical stage in the process is now upon us. I am under no delusions that this bicameral negotiation will be simple, but I am hopeful that my colleagues in both chambers will put partisanship aside, approach each other with respect and courtesy, and ultimately produce a package that will improve the national and economic security of the United States. Anything short of that would be a disservice to the American people, as well as this institution."