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Contact your Representative TODAY and ask them to support the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act!

H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, will be considered by the House of Representatives in coming weeks. H.R. 6 would provide quicker processing of all new liquified natural gas (LNG) export applications to the Department of Energy (DOE), and would approve all applications pending with the DOE as of March 6, 2014. This legislation will put the United States in compliance with its own international obligations and help U.S. efforts to eliminate other export restrictions overseas. H.R. 6 does not impact the economic, environmental or safety studies that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is required to conduct, nor does it remove any other regulatory requirement. Please contact your Representative today and urge them to vote in favor of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act.

The United States is the world’s leading producer of natural gas. Our newfound energy abundance has created exciting opportunities for domestic manufacturing and has also created market opportunities for LNG exports. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) was founded over 100 years ago to promote open markets and free trade for American manufacturers. Our natural gas producers need to be able to export the excess supply of natural gas, but specialized export terminals must be built in order to process and move the supply around the world.

To be able to build these export facilities where the market allows, producers must navigate a web of regulations, including export licenses from the DOE, an economic and environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), permits under the Clean Water Act from the Army Corps of Engineers, a Waterway Suitability Assessment from the U.S. Coast Guard, air permits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies, and a host of state and local permits for construction and related activities.

One of the earliest steps in the permitting process, a license from DOE, has become a regulatory choke point for LNG exports. Some applicants have been waiting years for a decision, with no end in sight. As a result, the DOE licensing process represents a major barrier to free trade and open markets in the area of LNG exports. A recent report by former World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body Chairman James Bacchus concluded that the delay by the DOE to issue licenses to export LNG to foreign countries likely constitutes a violation of our international obligations under the WTO. As the United States leads the world in enforcing global commitments to prevent export restrictions, we should not potentially be in violation of those same commitments.

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Contact Your Representative in Support of Immigration Reform

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The U.S. House of Representatives needs to address immigration reform. Manufacturers support reform that addresses all aspects of the broken immigration system and support a bipartisan solution to the country’s immigration problems.

Manufacturers are significantly impacted by the lack of workers with skills to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing. Please contact your Representative today and let the House know that the immigration laws as they stand are not workable. Immigration reform is necessary to strengthen the workforce and allow the United States to live up to its full potential.

What You Can Do:

Please take a few moments to contact your Representative to urge a bipartisan immigration solution as a step forward to modernizing our immigration system.

1. Scroll down to send an email to your Representative to encourage support of comprehensive immigration reform.
2. Call your Representative: scroll down and select "Phone," or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
3. Do you have a strong working relationship with your member(s) of Congress? Click here to let us know!

Background:

In a 2010 survey, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) members chose “creating a market based system to attract talent” as the most important goal of immigration reform. Adopting a legal immigration system that better reflects market demands and provides the flexibility needed to respond to specialized skill needs is vital to maintaining manufacturers’ ability to fuel economic growth.

NAM’s Key Immigration Reform Policies:

• Access to talented individuals with a high-quality education and advanced skills is critical to manufacturers’ capacity for innovation and business success.

• Creation of a legal system to address the future flow of workers necessary for our workforce needs.

• A workable employment verification and border security system to stem illegal immigration.

• A thoughtful component to legal immigration reform that addresses the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the United States.

Contact Your Member of Congress and Ask Them to Stop the Ambush Election Rule!

Over the past five years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued decisions and proposed rules that are harmful to employer-employee relations and the ability of manufacturers to create jobs. One of the most harmful actions is their current proposal to change union election procedures.

The proposed rule would limit what evidence can be presented at pre-election union representation hearings, stripping business owners of rights currently available to them to ensure a fair elections process. The rule would also eliminate the current 25-day “grace period,” which would shorten the time before elections occur to approximately 10 days to two weeks. The Ambush Election Rule would also require businesses to submit private information of your employees to the NLRB, which will ultimately be given to unions. Sensitive information such as home telephone numbers, addresses, personal emails and shift information would be included. These changes could deny your employees the ability to make fully informed decisions about whether they want to join a union, as well as have their privacy violated in the process.

Please contact your Senators and Congressmen and urge them to pass legislation to stop this ill-advised rule. This will send a strong message to the NLRB, whose actions have threatened the ability of business owners to create and retain jobs.

To send a message directly to your Senators and Representative, simply click “Take Action.”

Urge Your Congressman to Support More Reasonable Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation for new power plants that would greatly limit the sources of energy available to power U.S. manufacturing. The first of several coming GHG regulations, this rule would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States by requiring them to be equipped with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) systems. While CCS is a very promising technology, it is too expensive and is not in use at a single commercial-scale power plant in the country. To remain competitive in a global economy, manufacturers need an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to ensure they have access to affordable and reliable energy.

If the EPA continues down this regulatory path, it will lead to even greater uncertainty and costs for U.S. manufacturers as we wait for the next similar regulations. It’s time for the EPA to consider a more reasonable path forward. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act,” which would place some reasonable limits on EPA’s regulations and get us back to an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

Will you help to ensure manufacturers have continued access to safe, reliable and low-cost energy? Please contact your Representative and ask them to support H.R. 3826.

Contact Your Members of Congress and Ask Them for Federal Regulatory Relief

On Thursday, February 27, Congress will consider important regulatory reform legislation that will improve the current regulatory system by making agencies rulings more transparent, providing the public more opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process and reducing cost imposed on business. The Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2013 (ALERRT Act, H.R. 2804) would improve federal policies by using sound regulatory principles, ensuring rules are supported by strong and credible evidence and inflicting the least burden possible while still achieving Congressional intent. In addition, H.R. 2804 would reduce the regulatory cost imposed on small manufacturers by strengthening a 30-year old law, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to thoughtfully consider the impact of their rules on small entities. Agencies often use loopholes in current law to avoid requirements that they reduce the regulatory cost on small businesses. The ALERRT closes those loopholes.

Manufacturers face an extraordinary amount of regulations that have a direct impact on their bottom line. Agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are currently pursuing an aggressive regulatory agenda. These regulatory changes lead to uncertainty and high costs, especially on small businesses.

Please contact your legislator today and urge him or her to support H.R. 2804. With the current condition of the American economy and continued weakness in job creation, we need legislation that ensures a regulatory system meets its objectives while maintaining the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. 
 

Tell Congress to Move Quickly on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization!

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The U.S. Export-Import (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, Ex-Im Bank assists in financing U.S. exports from thousands of American companies – big and small. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Export-Import Bank’s transactions directly support U.S. small business.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s authorization is set to expire at the end of September 2014, and any gap in authorization would create roadblocks for American exporters. Congress must swiftly pass a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank – your lawmaker needs to hear directly from you!

What You Can Do:

Manufacturers need a stable, long-term reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank. Your organization can have a real impact on securing Congressional reauthorization for the Ex-Im Bank. Here’s what you can do today:

1. Scroll down to send an email to your Representative in support of moving Ex-Im reauthorization forward. Please forward this link to 10, 20, or 100 of your fellow manufacturing executives, employees, friends and family members – we need to rally the manufacturing army!

2. Take a few minutes to place a call into your Representative’s Washington office. Scroll down to find clear and straightforward talking points.

3. If you would like to work with the NAM to send a letter to the editor to your local media outlets, let us know.

4. Click here to describe how trade has strengthened manufacturing within your company, or in your area. These testimonials prove invaluable when communicating with lawmakers on how their legislation can help your business.

Visit the NAM’s official Ex-Im website: www.nam.org/ExIm.

Big Hurdle Cleared: Support Needed for Keystone XL Pipeline!

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The latest State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline concludes—like the three studies before it—that the pipeline does not pose material or even unusual environmental, health or public safety impacts. The approval process is still at the U.S. State Department, but is expected to move to President Obama this year. So your comments to the State Department can have an impact. The evidence strongly supports approval: it will create tens of thousands of jobs, drive $3.4 billion in GDP, and will make us more energy secure while minimizing environmental impacts. Approval would also be a strong sign to investors around the world that the U.S. is “open for business.”


What You Can Do:


  • Click here to send an email to President Obama to encourage his administration to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward.
  • Please forward this email to 25 or 50 or even 100 manufacturing allies right now! Encourage your friends to take action through the NAM’s easy advocacy center.


Background:
Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is a priority for manufacturers. Keystone XL has the ability to create jobs, not only in the construction sector but thousands of manufacturing jobs in areas such as concrete, steel pipes, fittings, valves, pumps and control devices to name just a few.

Americans want to reap the economic and energy security benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline. This project would allow the United States to get even more oil from Canada - currently our largest single source of oil. Manufacturers will benefit not only from access to the oil produced from North Dakota, Montana and our ally Canada, but also from the thousands of manufacturing jobs that will be created to build, operate and maintain this privately funded, $5.3 billion infrastructure project.

Manufacturers: Contact Needed NOW in Support of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

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Last year, the House Ways and Means Committee introduced new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) legislation, H.R. 2708; unfortunately, neither the House nor the Senate moved forward with any MTB legislation. It has been more than 400 days that manufacturers have been operating without an MTB.

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 costs and improving 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 domestically. Without the now-expired MTB, manufacturing production costs are significantly higher, damaging our nation’s manufacturing competitiveness and threatening jobs for American workers.


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 industry support letter to Congressional leadership.
* Click here for the CEO letter to Congressional leadership urging their prompt action on the MTB.



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

NAM TAKE ACTION: Trade Promotion Authority Bill Is Here!

It’s Time for YOU to Contact Congress

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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation has finally been introduced in Congress by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act would renew TPA for up to seven years, giving the United States a critical tool to help accelerate and implement comprehensive, market-opening negotiations that will make manufacturers more competitive globally. TPA was last renewed in 2002 and expired in 2007.

Opponents of opening trade opportunities are already sending a loud message to lawmakers. Washington needs to hear from manufacturers TODAY.

Four Things You Can Do Today:

1. Scroll down to quickly and easily send an editable email, fax or letter to your Representative and Senators. We have to show Congress that TPA matters!

2. Call your members of Congress in Washington now. Scroll down to check out the NAM’s simple talking points and legislator contact information, or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

3. Share your story. Click here to describe how trade has strengthened manufacturing within your company, or in your area.

4. Please forward this email to 25 or 50 or even 100 manufacturing allies right now! Encourage your friends to take action through the NAM’s easy advocacy center.

For more information, please visit the NAM’s Trade Promotion Authority Issue Page.


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 EPA to Adopt a More Reasonable Path for GHG Regulations

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Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation for new power plants that would substantially limit the sources of energy available to power U.S. manufacturing. The first in a suite of impending GHG regulations, this rule would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States by requiring them to be equipped with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) systems. While CCS is a very promising technology, it is prohibitively expensive and is not in use at a single commercial-scale power plant in the country. To remain competitive in a global economy, manufacturers need an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to ensure they have access to affordable and reliable energy.

If the EPA continues down this regulatory path, it will only lead to greater uncertainty and costs for U.S. manufacturers as we as we await similar regulations. It is time for the EPA to consider a more reasonable path forward. We need your help to ensure manufacturers have continued access to safe, reliable and low-cost energy.


How You Can Take Action:

It is time for the Administration to reevaluate the path it is pursuing under this regulatory regime. Scroll down to file official comments with the EPA, strongly urging it to adopt a more reasonable approach for its GHG regulation for new power plants.