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Rep. Joseph Kennedy III , D-Brookline. (Staff file photo by Mark Stockwell)

In his two years serving the Attleboro area, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has consistently touted his bill to boost American manufacturing.

Tuesday night, President Barack Obama signed that bill into law.

Called the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, RAMI will create a network of regional manufacturing institutes across the country to support domestic production, drive innovation and expand workforce development in growing industries. It was included as part of the 2015 omnibus spending bill.

Kennedy introduced RAMI with Congressman Tom Reed, a New York Republican in 2013. Securing more than 100 co-sponsors, evenly split between both sides of the aisle, the bill passed the House in September with overwhelming support.  A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“Across the country, our manufacturing sector is connecting industrial cities, middle-class communities and working families with the opportunities of an innovation economy,” Kennedy said Kennedy. “After two years building a strong, bipartisan coalition of support, I’m thrilled to see RAMI signed into law. I’m grateful for the partnership of Congressman Reed, Senators Brown and Blunt, and all of our partners in the public and private sectors that pushed this bill across the finish line.”

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