The Trump administration appears to be making some progress on the long-held goal of bringing jobs back to the United States.
On Friday, the administration announced the appointment of James McInerney as assistant secretary of labor for domestic policy, a key position in the Trump White House.
McInerneys confirmation came as the Trump transition team was still working through its internal transition team and had not yet formally announced the president’s pick.
In a statement, the White House said that the administration is “committed to restoring the American manufacturing base, while ensuring that American workers have the opportunity to work and prosper in our nation’s future.”
The president’s nominee is expected to oversee the development of the nation’s domestic labor market and the federal hiring of new manufacturing workers, as well as a review of the government’s approach to immigration and refugee resettlement.
McIngers confirmation would mark the first step toward full-fledged rebuilding the American industrial base.
Trump’s first major cabinet post, as president, was to focus on infrastructure development and transportation.
During his confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called for a review that would “give Americans a greater say in who makes our country and how we make it work.”
He also called for “a thorough and comprehensive review of our nation and the global economy,” including a look at whether the United Nations is “fully working toward a new world order.”
Democrats, however, argued that the White Board was more interested in focusing on the need to “restore American manufacturing jobs.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told the Senate Finance Committee in March that the U.S. is “losing millions of manufacturing jobs to China, India and Mexico.”
Sanders said that “the manufacturing sector is losing jobs to the countries that are pouring billions and billions of dollars into the factories of China, Mexico and India and the countries in the Pacific Rim, not to mention Mexico and China, to supply the American people with cheap goods.”
The White House declined to comment on the comments.
The announcement of McIners nomination came on the same day that the Trump team announced a $1.5 trillion increase in federal spending for infrastructure.
The announcement came just days after the administration unveiled a $10 billion plan to build a $2 trillion rail project in the U:S.
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was also praised by Sen. Chris Murphy, D.-Conn., in a statement.
Murphy said the plan was a “good start to a long overdue transportation investment program that will create tens of thousands of new jobs in the states that will directly benefit the American economy and will help to pay for the promised $2.4 trillion infrastructure investment.”
The plan is a direct response to the President’s call for more federal investment in infrastructure, Murphy added.
The infrastructure plan will include a new Federal Transit Administration and a $50 billion program to improve rail infrastructure in the nation, as part of the Administration’s commitment to rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, airports and waterways.