Statement for the Record on National Manufacturing Day
Today Congressman Gene Green submitted a Statement for the Record in honor of National Manufacturing Day, held every October 4:
Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the tens of thousands of men and women who work in one of the fastest growing manufacturing regions in America, Houston and Harris County, Texas.
In my district, which covers much of the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel, there are over 125 chemical manufacturers, refiners, and supporting facilities, employing over 33,000 people.
The chemical, oil and gas industries are the new face of manufacturing in America and Houston, as the Energy Capital of the World, has benefitted from the energy renaissance taking place in Texas and the Gulf Coast.
As a result, Houston has been the national leader in job creation in recent years and was named America’s #1 exporting region by the Commerce Department in July, sending over $110 billion in manufactured exports overseas.
I proudly stand with America’s manufacturing sector, which is the backbone of our nation’s economy and our middle class and look forward to this chamber taking up legislation this Congress to provide the support and statutory clarity our manufacturers need to continue being the international leader in innovation and exports.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield the balance of my time.