[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 47947-47948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22420]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 82 , No. 197 / Friday, October 13, 2017 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9655 of October 6, 2017

National Manufacturing Day, 2017

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                America's manufacturers have laid the foundation for 
                our Nation's vibrant economy and have secured our 
                reputation as an economic superpower. Our manufacturing 
                products consistently set the global standard for 
                design and quality. American manufacturing has been 
                enduringly successful because it is the potent 
                combination of the two great pillars of the American 
                economy: the American entrepreneur and the American 
                worker. The American entrepreneur is renowned 
                throughout the world for a steadfast determination to 
                deliver value and innovation to the global marketplace. 
                The American worker has consistently demonstrated the 
                unique and precious ability to harness unmatched work 
                ethic and ingenuity and turn visions and dreams into 
                reality. On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate 
                the American manufacturers and their workers who drive 
                our economy, strengthen our national security, and give 
                meaning to the famous phrase, ``Made in the USA.'' We 
                also highlight the many new and exciting opportunities 
                for future generations to create the next wave of 
                world-class American products.

                Today's American manufacturers are consistently finding 
                new ways to incorporate advanced technology into the 
                traditional assembly line to produce previously 
                unfathomable breakthroughs in areas like aerospace, 
                medicine, and computers. These manufacturers are 
                writing their chapter into the story of American 
                innovation, while providing countless job opportunities 
                to machinists, designers, computer programmers, and 
                engineers, among others. In 2016, manufacturing 
                contributed more than 11 percent to our gross domestic 
                product and employed more than 12 million workers. The 
                American manufacturers of the 21st century employ 
                innovative minds equipped with problem-solving skills 
                and knowledge steeped in science, technology, 
                engineering, and mathematics, to build their incredible 
                products. It is no surprise, then, that manufacturing 
                workers earn higher annual salaries, on average, than 
                similar workers employed in other sectors.

                For too long, we have taken manufacturing, which 
                represents the pioneering, hard-working American 
                spirit, for granted. Due to government neglect and 
                inaction we have witnessed our Nation's manufacturers 
                move their jobs and innovation overseas. Remarkably, we 
                have stood by as our outdated tax system has required 
                job-creators to put their money toward tax preparation 
                and a bloated government, rather than into new jobs and 
                innovations. It has also trapped earnings that could be 
                invested in America, and instead encouraged 
                corporations to invest overseas. Our business tax rate 
                is currently 60 percent higher than that of our average 
                foreign competitor in the developed world. By contrast, 
                my tax plan would lower the tax rate for businesses, so 
                they can stay and do business here and bring back 
                profits invested abroad. Careless and unfair trade 
                deals are also at fault for the diminished state of 
                American manufacturing today. These deals have severely 
                disadvantaged American exports. My Administration, 
                however, will right these wrongs and ensure a level 
                playing field for American manufacturing going forward. 
                Our manufacturers and workers deserve no less. American 
                drive, ingenuity, and innovation will ultimately win, 
                and our great manufacturing sector will thrive once 

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                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim October 6, 2017, as 
                National Manufacturing Day. I call upon all Americans 
                to celebrate the entrepreneurs and workers in 
                manufacturing who are making our communities strong.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2017-22420
Filed 10-12-17; 11:15 am]
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