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  • Urge Congress to Consider a Long-Term Reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank!

    Exporters need a stable, long-term reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Congress passed a short-term extension of the Ex-Im Bank – through June 30, 2015 – as part of a continuing resolution, but a long-term solution is needed. Congress must consider a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank as soon as possible, and your lawmaker needs to hear this message directly from you!

    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. The Ex-Im Bank helps level the playing field when U.S. exporters face foreign competitors with government backing or when companies enter emerging markets.

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Lauren Airey
    Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    lairey@nam.org  
    202.637.3141
  • Manufacturers Need Affordable & Reliable Energy Solutions

    Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation for existing power plants that would substantially limit the sources of energy available to power U.S. manufacturing. This rule, which is the primary component of the Administration’s GHG regulatory regime, would increase electricity prices for consumers across the country and ultimately threaten manufacturers’ competitiveness. In order to drive growth and create jobs, manufacturers need policies that support an all-of-the-above approach 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. 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. Send a letter to EPA urging them to consider a more reasonable approach.

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Gregory I. Bertelsen
    Director, Energy and Resource Policy
    gbertelsen@nam.org  
    202.637.3174
  • NAM Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

    How did Your Legislator Score?

    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) officially completed its key vote selection process and determined the recipients of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The NAM Award is given to those members of the U.S. House and Senate who have earned a 70 percent or higher rating on key manufacturing votes as recorded in the 2013-2014 113th Congress Voting Record. This award is not a political endorsement, but rather an opportunity for manufacturers to positively recognize those legislators who consistently support the manufacturing agenda.

    Each member of Congress received a hand-delivered letter letting him or her know of their status with regard to the voting record and the NAM Award. We need you to reiterate that message by sending a personal note to your entire Congressional delegation. Once you enter your zip code, the system will automatically produce sample language based on your Members’ individual voting record.

    Please be sure to contact your Members of Congress today to congratulate those who earned our award and to educate those who fell short. Click here to send your message now!

    For more information, please contact:

    Tiffany N. Adams
    Vice President, Public Affairs
    tadams@nam.org  
    202.637.3118
  • Congress Needs to Hear from Manufacturers on TPA!

    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 Your Elected Officials That You Are Concerned About Costly New Ozone Regulations

    Later this year, it is expected that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose a more stringent National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. This action could have far-reaching, negative economic consequences for manufacturers of all sizes and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is working to educate lawmakers on the impact to manufacturers in their states.

    Nearly every industrial and manufacturing sector could be negatively affected by a more stringent ozone standard and the NAM is concerned that such actions will discourage investments and make additional expansion nearly impossible in communities across the nation. A new study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the NAM reveals that a more stringent ozone standard from the Obama Administration could reduce GDP by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion dollars from 2017 to 2040, placing millions of jobs at risk.

    We are asking NAM members and other stakeholders to take action by sending letters to their Governor, U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representative explaining the consequences of a stricter ozone standard.   

    Click here to encourage your Governor, Senators and Representative to get involved!  Tell them to ask the EPA to maintain the current ozone standard.

    For more information, please contact:

    Gregory I. Bertelsen
    Director, Energy and Resource Policy
    Email: gbertelsen@nam.org  
    Direct: 202.637.3174

  • Manufacturers: Take Action NOW in Support of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

    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!