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Esty Manufacturing Amendment Passes House
Esty: “Let’s keep MEP and support American workers”
WASHINGTON, D.C.– An amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) passed the House last night by a vote of 279-137. The Torres-Esty amendment passed as part of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, will increase funding for MEP by $5 million in FY 2018. On Thursday, H.R. 3354 passed the house by the vote of 211-198 and now awaits further consideration by the Senate
“Like for so many of our communities across the country, manufacturing is the backbone of Connecticut’s economy. Ensuring we have a strong, highly trained workforce is critical in creating and retaining jobs in Connecticut. That’s why I’m working to close the skills gap, improve workforce training, and help match workers with good-paying careers in in-demand fields. Every American—no matter their background—deserves the opportunity to compete for these jobs. By continuing to fund the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we will continue to advocate for policies that grow jobs and promote innovation.,” Esty said.
“The passing of this amendment shows an understanding of why the MEP program is so important to the small and medium size manufacturers in the US, which all parties can agree is an industry that is the backbone of our country.  Congresswoman Esty has taken time to see the results of the program in CT first hand through plant tours and their reported metrics.  Every state has manufacturers who remain competitive through the support of this national program,” Bonnie Del Conte, President and CEO of CONNSTEP, said.
Created by the Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers providing them with technical support services to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. There are MEP centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with over 1,300 technical experts serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers’ challenges and identifying opportunities for growth.
Earlier this week, Esty took to the House floor urging her colleagues to support the amendment, saying MEP has had a tangible and important role in American job creation and economic growth.
To view video of Esty’s floor speech, click the image above or visit
Here are Esty’s full remarks as delivered:
Mister Speaker, I rise in support of Rep. Torres’s amendment to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
This amendment would restore $5 million to MEP – which has helped U.S. manufacturers create and retain jobs in Connecticut and in every state across the country for nearly 30 years.
In the 1980s, U.S. manufacturers experienced a loss of competitiveness to international manufacturers.
To secure America’s position as the leader in the global manufacturing race, Congress created the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in 1988.
And the effect that MEP has had on American job creation and economic growth is tangible and important.
In northwest and central Connecticut, between 2015 and 2016, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership retained 479 jobs, created 45 new jobs, increased sales by $33 million, and retained $77 million in sales.
Connecticut’s MEP –the Connecticut State Technical Extension Program, or CONNSTEP – works with facilities in northwest and central Connecticut advising them on ways to grow their businesses.
Thanks to their partnerships with CONNSTEP, Metallon, Inc. in Thomaston increased new sales by half a million dollars, Metallurgical Processing Inc. in New Britain increased production by twenty percent, and RTR Technologies in Canaan increased sales by $6 million.
Despite the fact that the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is creating good-paying careers throughout the country, the appropriations bill before us slashes MEP funding by $30 million.
If the United States wants to keep its seat at the table as the world’s largest economy, it’s not in our interest to gut funding to American manufacturing.
I urge my colleagues to restore funding to MEP by $5 million – because passing a budget that grows the economy and retains and brings jobs to our communities is what we were sent to Washington to do.
I urge my colleagues to support Representative Torres’s amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.
Former Lt. Governor Mike Fedele
Heads List of Statewide Republicans
United Behind Mark Greenberg for State Comptroller
Mark Greenberg's campaign for State Comptroller today announced that Mark's candidacy has been endorsed by 52 statewide Republican leaders including former Lt. Governor Mike Fedele and State Senators Toni Boucher (R-26th), Kevin Witkos (R-8th), Tony Hwang (R-28th), Joe Markley (R-16th) Eric Berthel (R-32nd), Michael McLachlan (R-24th) as well as seven State Representatives.
The endorsements from these 52 Republican leaders across Connecticut represent a cross-section of lawmakers, local elected officials, RTC chairs, State Central representatives and other local leaders.
"Mark will bring accountability and fiscal responsibility to the Capitol and help reverse the destructive economic policies of the Democrats in Hartford," former Lt. Governor Fedele said in his endorsement.  "Mark is a successful businessman who knows how our economy works. He has founded several companies and a nonprofit organization and he understands how government policies can help or hinder the businesses trying to survive in Connecticut, which has become one of the worst places to do business in the country."
"Mark has the skill set to be an outstanding Comptroller," State Senator Toni Boucher said. "He will be a fiscal watchdog and someone who will analyze the state budget with the business acumen of an individual with real-world fiscal skills. I believe he will help turn our state around."
"I am honored to have the support of these experienced leaders in our state," Mark Greenberg said.  "They recognize the need for new leadership in the Executive branch and I am gratified by their support for my campaign."
List of Endorsements
Michael Fedele - Former Lt Governor and Candidate for Governor
John Frey - Republican National Committee Rep. and State Representative 111th District
Pat Longo - Former Republican National Committee Representative
Kevin Witkos - State Senator, 8th District
Joe Markley - State Senator, 16th District
Michael McLachlan - State Senator, 24th District
Toni Boucher - State Senator, 26th District
Tony Hwang - State Senator, 28th District
Eric Berthel - State Senator, 32nd District
Holly Cheeseman - State Representative, 37th District
Jay Case - State Representative, 63rd District
Brian Ohler - State Representative, 64th District
David Wilson - State Representative, 66th District
Tony D'Amelio - State Representative, 73rd District
John Piscopo - State Representative, 76th District
Rob Sampson - State Representative, 80th District
Michael Vieira - State Central Representative, 1st Senatorial District
Richard Tutunjian - State Central Representative, 8th Senatorial District
Marianne Clark - State Central Representative, 8th Senatorial District
Adam Grippo -State Central Rep., 13th Senatorial District & RTC Vice Chairman - Cheshire
Manny Santos - State Central Representative, 13th Senatorial District
Mike Garrett - RTC Chair and State Central Rep., 23rd Senatorial District -Bridgeport
Art Mannion - State Central Representative, 24th Senatorial District
Bryan Cafferelli - State Central Representative,28th Senatorial District
John Morris - RTC Chair & State Central Rep., 30th Senatorial District - Goshen
Virginia Landgrebe - State Central Representative, 30th Senatorial District
Scott Saunders - State Central Representative, 31st Senatorial District
Melissa Russell - State Central Representative, 32nd Senatorial District
Mike Vitali -State Central Representative, 34th Senatorial District
Brian J. Ladouceur, Jr. - RTC Chair - Avon
Stephen Hunt - RTC Vice Chairman - Avon
Juliana Simone - RTC Chair - Barkhamsted
Bob Ike - RTC Chair - Bloomfield
Martin Flynn - Selectman - Brookfield
Douglas DiPaola - RTC Chair - Burlington
Bob Kleinhans - RTC Chair - East Lyme
Mike Clark - RTC Chair - Farmington
Bob Valentine - First Selectman - Goshen
Mike Criss - First Selectman - Harwinton
Brooke Cheney - RTC Chair - Harwinton
Leo Paul - First Selectman - Litchfield
Bill Burgess - RTC Chair - Litchfield
Guy Beeman - RTC Chair - Meriden
Tom King - RTC Chair - Middlebury
Mary Robertson - RTC Chair - Sharon
Clay Cope - First Selectman and Former CT-5 Candidate for Congress - Sherman
George Linkletter - RTC Chair - Sherman
George P. Seabourne - RTC Chair - Thomaston
Joan Lodsin - RTC Chair - Washington
Bill DeMaida - RTC Chair - Waterbury
Erik Markiewicz - RTC Chair - Watertown
Dan Carter Former Candidate - U.S. Senate
A Cornell grad, Mark founded a number of successful companies, first supplying mobile telecommunication service throughout upstate New York and then creating MGRE in 1980, a firm now known as Greenthal/MGRE, that is one of the largest real estate management firms in the New York metropolitan area based upon residential properties managed.
Mark has invested in and helped stimulate Connecticut's economy by developing numerous commercial and retail properties, creating hundreds of jobs for the construction trades as well as the individuals who work in the stores, offices and restaurants in the completed developments.
Mark and his wife Linda also founded The Simon Foundation, Inc., a state of the art no-kill animal rescue facility in Bloomfield which has helped rescue and adopt over 4,000 dogs and cats into new homes. For more information please visit the campaign website at