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  • Ambush Elections - Congressional Vote is Imminent!

    In the coming days, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Senate’s resolution of disapproval expressing their discontent with the procedures that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued. Congress is displeased with the NLRB proposal to change union election procedures, also known as the “ambush election” rule. S.J. Res.8 sends a strong message to the White House that Congress does not support this NLRB rule.

    Manufacturers MUST contact their Members of Congress and urge them to vote in favor of S.J.Res. 8 when it comes to the floor!

    The NLRB’s ambush election rule will prove harmful to manufacturers’ ability to create jobs. It will severely hamper the rights of employers to make their views on organizing and collective bargaining known. It also prevents employees from making a fully informed choice on a matter that will impact them and their families for years.

    Scroll down to send a message to your House member urging them to support S.J.Res. 8! Tell them that this regulation is harmful to your business and your workforce.

    For more information, please contact:

    Amanda Wood
    Director, Labor and Employment Policy
    202.637.3128
    awood@nam.org  
  • Ozone Regulations - Legislators Need to Hear from You!

    Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed ozone rule 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) continues to voice our concerns to lawmakers and regulators at every level but we need your help to strengthen our voice in the last few hours of the open comment period!

    Scroll down to send a message to your Governor, Representative and Senators 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 Ex-Im Legislation!

    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. 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) joined with 188 Democratic Members to introduce H.R. 1031, the Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act. This legislation also seeks to achieve a long-term extension of the Ex-Im Bank.

    As a manufacturing ally committed to ensuring that manufacturing stays globally competitive, we are asking that you send a message to your legislator now. If they co-sponsored either of these bills, the system will send them a simple thank you message underscoring our appreciation for their stance and support. If they did not co-sponsor the bills, the system will send them a message asking them to support a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank without delay.

    Scroll down to send a personal message to your legislator.

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

    Lauren Airey
    Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    lairey@nam.org  
    202.637.3141
  • 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.

  • Tell Regulators that Manufacturers Support the ACP!

    In the coming days, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a series of scoping meetings to discuss the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project and we need manufacturers in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia to send a message to the regulators declaring your support.

    The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is an essential public utility project designed to meet urgent energy needs in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. The natural gas transported safely by this project will be used to generate electricity as well as to heat homes and run local businesses. By providing access to additional low-cost natural gas supplies, the ACP will increase the reliability and security of natural gas supplies in Virginia and North Carolina.

    The ACP would originate in Harrison County, West Virginia, run to Greensville County, Virginia, and then go south into eastern North Carolina.

    Scroll down to send a message to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expressing your support as a manufacturer in the impacted states.

    And if you are in the area, please attend one of the following FERC scoping meetings on this issue:

    Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00pm – Forest Hills Middle School, 1210 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, NC 27896

    Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:00pm – William R. Davie Middle School, 4391 Highway 158, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

    Thursday, March 12 @ 7:00 p.m. – Jolliff Middle School, 1021 Jolliff Road, Chesapeake, VA 23331

    Monday, March 16 @ 7:00 p.m. – Dinwiddie Middle School, 11608 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841

    Tuesday, March 17 @ 7:00 p.m. – Prince Edward County High School Auditorium,1482 Zion Hill Road, Farmville, VA 23901

    Wednesday, March 18 @ 7:00 p.m. – Nelson County Middle School, 6925 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA 22949

    Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 p.m. – Stuarts Draft High School, 1028 Augusta Farms Road, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

    Monday, March 23 @ 7:00 p.m. – Elkins High School, 100 Kennedy Drive, Elkins, WV 26241

    Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m. – Bridgeport High School, 515 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330

    For more information, please contact:

    Ross Eisenberg
    Vice President, Energy and Resources Policy
    202.637.3173
    reisenberg@nam.org  
  • 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
  • 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!