On September 15, 2014, just before Congress went into recess for the midterm elections, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013. RAMI aims to grow U.S. manufacturing by strengthening collaboration between government, educational entities, and industry. The bill would establish within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI), a series of regionally-based hubs focused on accelerating manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) stated that they introduced RAMI as a way to "re-establish the United States as the global leader in manufacturing." The Senate companion bill, introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), passed the Commerce Committee back in April, but it's unclear if it will be taken up by the full Senate before the end of the year.