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  • Congress Needs to Hear from Manufacturers on TPA

    On April 16, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced strong new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that reflects manufacturing priorities.

    To ensure swift action on this critical legislation, manufacturers must tell Congress how essential TPA is to concluding and implementing robust trade agreements that open new overseas markets, grow manufacturing exports and create new jobs here in America.   

    Groups opposed to TPA are already hard at work to block this bill. Manufacturers need to make sure Congress hears our voice, too!

    For more information, visit our website or contact: Ken Monahan Director, International Trade Business Policy kmonahan@nam.org 202.637.3078  

    Background:

    TPA is a longstanding and proven procedural partnership between Congress and the Executive Branch that facilitates negotiation and approval of trade agreements that open markets for manufacturers in the United States. It enables Congress to set trade negotiating objectives and increases Congress’s power to shape and influence deals.

    As detailed in NAM’s Trading Up with TPA report, trade agreements negotiated under TPA are delivering for manufacturers and their employees. America’s 20 existing trade agreement partners account for less than ten percent of the global economy but purchased nearly half of all U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2014. TPA authority must be renewed quickly to ensure America leads in opening new markets and eliminating foreign barriers.

    The United States enjoys a $55 billion manufacturing trade surplus with its trade agreement partners, compared with a nearly $580 billion deficit with other countries. 
  • 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
  • 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!