Senate Committee Shrinks Budget for Proposed National Manufacturing Innovation Network In Half

Apr 23, 2014

The once ambitious National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which was described as being a $2.4 billion program by President Obama in his most recent congressional budget request, has become far more modest in scope.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved an amended version of the legislation (S-1468) authorizing the program at $300 million over 10 years. It is half the amount of $600 million that was in the original bill, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

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