By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/14, 5:05 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> The second highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives shared his vision for national economic growth at a forum in Ontario on Wednesday hosted by State Sen. Norma Torres, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership business advocacy group.

Torres, who aims to join Rep. Steny Hoyer on the hill if she wins the November election for Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s soon-to-be vacated seat, invited Hoyer to speak to a group of business leaders in the Inland Empire. Hoyer’s speech, at the Ovitt Family Community Library, echoed what local business advocates have been calling for: Increasing manufacturing business and employment.

The manufacturing sector, Hoyer said, can leverage the creation of support jobs more than any other sector. Legislation, he said, needs to be adopted to facilitate the manufacturing sector, making it more robust and competitive with other countries.

As an example, Hoyer mentioned efforts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which is at risk of discontinuation by the Republican-controlled House. The bank provides loans and credit insurance to help American businesses sell and import goods internationally. He also cited a tax reform bill that would have reduced rates for manufacturers in order to make them more competitive.

“In my view, the American worker, inventor, innovator, and developer is the best in the world, and if we have policies that facilitate manufacturing, we are going to be the kind of country we want to be in the next century,” he said.

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