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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release August 12, 1999

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

President Clinton and Vice President Gore today announced the creation of an interagency Manufacturing Task Force, under the supervision of Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, to recommend ways to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector for the 21st century. The Manufacturing Task Force, which will include senior officials from key federal agencies, will make specific recommendations on how government policies and programs can preserve and enhance American manufacturing. The President and Vice President have asked to receive these recommendations early next year, in time to incorporate them into the Administration's proposed budget for FY2001.

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