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!
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!