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Congress should create a new domestic clean energy supply chain initiative at the Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) and expand funding for the MEP to $400 million annually in order to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

MEP is oversubscribed, and expanding the program’s responsibilities in the clean energy industry will require additional funding. Congress should authorize a steadily expanding MEP funding to $400 million per year in five years time, ensuring sufficient funds to fully service existing MEP centers and support the new clean energy supply chain initiative.