DoD’s commitment to American manufacturing is a powerful endorsement of that American spirit. More than 12 million Americans work in manufacturing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but we can and should raise that number so that we’re continuing to strengthen our families, communities, and local and state economies by providing good manufacturing jobs. Actions like those taken last week by DoD are a big step in the right direction.
American manufacturers are among the finest and most dedicated workers on the planet. We have a continued obligation to do everything we can to support them. The DoD’s move to ensure soldiers are wearing American-made athletic footwear is a powerful reminder that when American manufacturers win, Americans everywhere win.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.