Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that America must do three things to maintain its competitive edge globally in manufacturing, starting with investing in the country's infrastructure.

"That used to be an overwhelming bipartisan consensus in the United States of America," Biden said. "For the past 150 years, it's been a consensus; not at the moment."

Speaking at the National Association of Manufacturers' annual summit in Washington, Biden said that in addition to investing in the country's infrastructure to grow manufacturing, the country must also produce a more skilled workforce and pass immigration reform. Biden said the high-tech manufacturing industry is in need of a more skilled workforce to meet the new, demanding jobs, and immigration reform passed by Congress could bring those workers to America.