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  • Participate in the Ex-Im Fly-In from Your Desk

    Reinforce the message your manufacturing colleagues will be sharing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

    This week, manufacturers and business leaders from across the nation will come to Washington to participate in the Exporters for Ex-Im Fly-In. This fly-in will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with legislators face-to-face to discuss how important reauthorizing the Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank is to your business. Even though you are unable to join us at the Ex-Im Fly-In, you can still help make sure our message is heard loud and clear.

    The Ex-Im Bank is a vital tool to help grow U.S. exports and increase American jobs. As the official export credit agency of the United States, the Ex-Im Bank assists in financing U.S. exports from thousands of American manufacturers and bolsters our global competitiveness. Although Congress voted to reauthorize the Bank through June 2015, we must continue our efforts to ensure that this new Congress enacts a long-term solution before the Bank’s charter expires in just under four months.

    Recently, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) joined with 57 Republican Members of Congress to introduce H.R. 597, the Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act. This bill takes the important first steps needed to achieve a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Additionally, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) has joined with Financial Services Committee Members Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Denny Heck (D-WA) to introduce the “Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act”. This legislation also seeks to achieve a long-term extension of the Ex-Im Bank.

    Your colleagues will be walking the halls of Capitol Hill encouraging policymakers to cosponsor these bills and support a long-term reauthorization and we encourage you to do the same – right from your desk!

    It is imperative that we tell each and every member of Congress that they must reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank without further delay. Your voice of support for the Ex-Im bank will make a difference in growing manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Will you help us pass long term reauthorization, by sending a message to your Members of Congress today?

    Taking action is easy; simply scroll down to send a message urging your Members and Senators to support a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and encouraging them to cosponsor the current legislation that has been introduced.
  • Ozone - Tell Your Elected Officials that New Regulations Will Harm You!

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed ozone regulations that will have harmful impacts on manufacturers in every state. This EPA ozone proposal would put new burdens on the commercial and industrial activity vital to creating jobs and growing the economy.

    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is working diligently to voice our concerns to lawmakers and regulators at every level but we need your help to strengthen our voice! 

    Scroll down to send a message to your Governor, Representative, Senators and the EPA Administrator explaining the detrimental consequences of a stricter ozone standard.

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Gregory I. Bertelsen
    Director, Energy and Resource Policy
    gbertelsen@nam.org  
    202.637.3174
  • Ex-Im Bank: Thank the Cosponsors of H.R. 597!

    The U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank continues to be an important issue on Capitol Hill. Recently, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) joined with 57 Republican Members of Congress to introduce H.R. 597, the Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act Policymakers. This bill takes the important first steps needed to achieve a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank.

    As a manufacturing ally committed to ensuring that our industry stays globally competitive, we are asking that you send a message to your legislator who co-sponsored this bill with a simple thank you message. We want these supporters to know that we appreciate their stance on this issue and we commit to working together to enact a long term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank without delay.

    Scroll down to send a message to your legislator and tell them thank you for their co-sponsorship of this important measure.

    For more information, please visit the NAM’s website or contact:

    Lauren Airey
    Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    lairey@nam.org  
    202.637.3141
  • Keystone XL Pipeline - Thank Your Senators for their Vote!

    In February, the Senate passed legislation that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline by a vote of 62-36. Even though there are additional hurdles to clear, this vote moves this important legislation one step closer to passage.

    The NAM has consistently advocated for passage of the legislation and encouraged policymakers to move forward with this project. Manufacturers are eager to reap the economic and energy security benefits that this project creates.

    We want to be vocal in our support of the Senators who took a stance and supported the Keystone XL Pipeline. Click here to send them a personal thank you message.

    For More Information on the NAM’s position, please contact:

    Chip Yost
    Assistant Vice President, Energy and Resources Policy
    cyost@nam.org  
    202.637.3175
  • TPA - Congress Needs to Hear from Manufacturers

    Manufacturers need to make sure Congress understands that Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is essential to pursue and implement robust trade agreements that can open new overseas markets, grow manufacturing exports and create new jobs here in America!

    Groups opposed to TPA are planning to launch anti-TPA campaigns next week so manufacturers need to ensure that our voice is heard by Congress, too!

    Click here to take action and ensure sufficient support for this critical legislation by sending a letter to your entire Congressional delegation.

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Chris Moore
    Senior Director, International Business Policy
    cmoore@nam.org  
    202.637.3142

    Jessica Lemos
    Director, International Trade Policy
    jlemos@nam.org  
    202.637.3078


    Background:

    TPA is a partnership between Congress and the President that facilitates development and approval of trade agreements. It ensures congressional input on trade negotiations and increases Congress’s power to shape and influence deals. Every president since Franklin Roosevelt has had trade negotiating authority.

    Trade agreements negotiated under TPA are delivering for manufacturers and workers. The United States enjoys a $130 billion manufacturing trade surplus with its 20 existing trade agreement partners. In 2012, those countries purchased nearly half of all U.S. manufactured goods exports.

  • Miscellaneous Tariff Bill - Take Action NOW

    Status:
    On December 31, 2012, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) expired due to Congressional inaction. Congress’s failure to pass a new MTB has resulted in a substantial tax hike on America’s manufacturers, increasing their production costs, damaging their competitiveness and threatening American jobs. Unfortunately, more than 680 days have passed since this critical jobs legislation expired and neither the House nor the Senate have passed MTB legislation.

    We need manufacturers to contact their House and Senate members and tell them to move the MTB immediately! Failure to act on the MTB has resulted in a whopping $748 million tax on manufacturing in the United States, and economic losses amounting to $1.857 billion over the next three years. Manufacturers across the United States are already paying these costs!

    What You Can Do Today:

    1. Scroll down to easily send an email to your member of Congress, encouraging them to support passage of the MTB.

    2. Call your lawmaker's office: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

    3. Is your manufacturing company facing this higher tax if the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill isn’t passed quickly? If yes, please forward this alert to your company employees and ask them to contact their member of Congress.
    We need your team members to join us in this effort!

    4. Do you have a strong working relationship with your member(s) of Congress? Click here to let us know!

    Background:
    The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill supports and grows manufacturing jobs in the United States by cutting manufacturers’ costs and strengthening their competitiveness. This is particularly critical given the major challenges that manufacturers across the United States are facing in an increasingly challenging global economy.

    Manufacturers of all sizes use the MTB to obtain raw materials, inputs and other products that are not available in the United States. Without Congressional action on the MTB, manufacturing production costs are significantly higher, damaging our nation’s manufacturing competitiveness and threatening American jobs.

    All 2,100 duty suspension bills introduced last year have been thoroughly and meticulously vetted by the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce. Regrettably, Congress has not acted on MTB legislation, and the tax increases have been in place since January 1, 2013.


    * For more information on the MTB issue, please visit the NAM’s policy site.
    Click here for the NAM’s primer on the MTB.
    Click here to read manufacturers’ stories about why the MTB matters to them.

    Unless Congress acts on the MTB, costs will continue mounting for manufacturers and jobs will continue to be negatively impacted. Your members of Congress need to hear from you!