Shea-Porter: Investigate How Shipping Jobs Overseas Impacts National Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today introduced a bill directing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate how outsourcing manufacturing jobs to countries like China harms the United States defense industrial base and our national security.
“America’s military readiness relies on the strength of our domestic manufacturing capacity,” said Shea-Porter. “This much-needed report will examine how shipping jobs overseas to countries like China negatively impacts our national security.”
The GAO report would detail the national security implications of a diminished domestic industrial base and examine whether job outsourcing has weakened U.S. military supply chains or reduced our capability to manufacture state-of-the-art military systems and equipment.
Specifically, Shea-Porter’s bill requires the report to include:
- An assessment of the material effects of outsourcing on the U.S. defense industrial base;
- An assessment of the national security risks to the U.S. defense industrial base of outsourcing, including the integrity of the Department of Defense acquisition system, logistics network, and supply chains;
- An assessment of the risks posed by outsourcing to the readiness of U.S. military forces to field a full spectrum of military capabilities; and
- The risks posed by outsourcing and its effects on the U.S. defense industrial base to the capacity of the United States to sustain a protracted conflict against a near-peer adversary.
During her four terms as a member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, Shea-Porter has consistently promoted strong oversight to ensure U.S. military readiness across a broad range of contingencies.