Representatives Tim Ryan and Mark Takano Reintroduce the Congressional Maker Caucus
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Mark Takano (D-CA) reintroduced the Congressional Maker Caucus, which will connect members to their local makers, educate Congress and the public about the maker movement, support emerging technologies, and ensure that emerging regulations are designed to support makers and ancillary industries.
The innovation and creativity that has long defined the American economy is undoubtedly making a comeback as new technology like robotics, laser cutters and engravers, and 3D printers have become more accessible for the consumer market, and more widely available in universities, K-12 schools, and libraries across the nation. As the maker movement continues to grow, the Congressional Maker Caucus will serve as an important voice to those who are a part of it.
“The Maker Caucus allows us to work together to promote the development of emerging technologies, ensure that the workforce is in place to support them, and promote our economic and national security interests. I couldn’t be happier to continue to work with Congressman Takano as the Cochair of the newly minted Maker’s Caucus,” said Rep. Tim Ryan. “I’ve always been an advocate for ways to innovate in manufacturing, especially additive manufacturing – with Youngstown, Ohio being home to the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Let’s get to work!”
“Forward-thinking innovation is key to a robust economy with the ability to thrive in the 21st century and compete globally. I’m proud to introduce the Congressional Maker Caucus once again with my colleague, Rep. Tim Ryan, to embrace innovation through making,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “Making has the power to revolutionize American manufacturing and lower barriers through entrepreneurship. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several maker spaces in my own district, such as the Jurupa Valley High School Innovation Center, and I never cease to be amazed at the technologies and the products that are created. As the maker movement grows, we have a responsibility to offer guidance and education to our constituents and support the makers that work so hard to bring their visions to reality. That’s exactly what this caucus is designed to do.”