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  • Thank House Members for Passing Landmark TSCA Reform

    Thank House Members for Passing Landmark TSCA Reform

    The first meaningful improvements to our nearly 40-year-old chemical manufacturing laws passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 398-1. 

    Contact your Member of Congress today to thank them for supporting legislation that will prioritize the health and safety of the American public and also stimulate growth and innovation in the manufacturing sector. 

    Scroll down and Take Action by sending your Member of Congress a Thank-You e-mail.

  • Thank Congress for Passing TPA

    The fight for Trade Promotion Authority, one of NAM’s top legislative priorities for 2015, has ended with a key win. On our path to victory, the NAM asked you to get involved by sending messages of support to your Member of Congress. NAM members responded with an outpouring of calls, e-mails, and the personal stories that got the attention of Congressional offices. With the win in the books, we are now asking you to send one more message. Please contact your members of Congress today to thank them for passing Trade Promotion Authority.

    Scroll down to Take Action by sending a Thank-You message to your Member of Congress.

  • Help Renew the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB)

    Contact your Member of Congress today to urge support for renewing the MTB!

    Congress’s failure to renew a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) is costing U.S. manufacturers an annual $748 million in tax payments and a $1.875 billion economic loss to the U.S. economy. For thirty (30) years, the MTB has supported manufacturers by suspending import tariffs on much needed manufacturing inputs that are not available domestically.  

    Congress last eliminated these distortive tariffs by enacting the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act in 2010 with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. The tariff relief provided by that legislation expired at the end of 2012 and manufacturers are suffering because of it.

    Due to Congress’s failure to act, manufacturers are paying tariffs on inputs necessary to manufacture their products, which undermines their competitiveness, raises their costs and hurts their ability to retain and create manufacturing jobs in the United States.

    Scroll down and click "Take Action" to send an e-mail to your member of Congress.

    For more information, visit our 
    website or contact:

    Ken Monahan
    Director, International Trade Policy
    kmonahan@nam.org
    202.637.3078

  • Ex-Im Bank Shuttered - Urge Congress to Act!

    The U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank is closing its doors today to thousands of U.S. manufacturers and those in their employ. Congress failed to extend the agency’s charter before recessing last week, and all new projects are frozen until Congress acts.

    Allowing the Ex-Im Bank’s charter to expire is unacceptable. Barring access to a financing tool that boosts U.S. exports abroad and helps secure access to emerging markets is unacceptable.

    The failure to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank is hurting not just manufacturers who export goods to foreign markets, but manufacturers that supply those exporters. Some in Congress find this acceptable, and it is our duty to inform them otherwise. 

    Call or e-mail your Member of Congress today and urge them to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank as soon as possible in July. Failure to do so will continue to handicap U.S. manufacturers abroad while giving an advantage to foreign competitors, most of which have the benefit and backing of their own country’s export credit agency.

    Congress needs to support U.S. manufacturing and jobs by ensuring a level global playing field and reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. Anything less is unacceptable. 

    Scroll down to send an e-mail to your Member of Congress or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Member of Congress. You can also visit your Member of Congress at events in the district this week while they are home from Washington, DC.

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Laruen Wilk
    Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    lwilk@nam.org
    202.637.3141


    Sample Call Script:

    As a constituent from <your town>, a job provider, a contributor to the local economy, and an exporter, I am calling to ask that <your Member of Congress> support the Ex-Im Bank by voting to re-authorize it.

    Talking Points:

    ·         The Ex-Im Bank helps boost exports of U.S.-manufactured goods, particularly for small and medium-sized exporters that face hurdles to commercial financing for overseas customers and access to working capital. As suppliers, tens of thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturers also benefit from Ex-Im financing for large U.S. exporters.         

    ·         Manufacturers in the United States need Ex-Im services to level the playing field with foreign competitors and gain access to large infrastructure deals. More than 60 export credit agencies (ECAs) operate around the world, providing generous financing to help their manufacturers win sales. Just nine of our top competitors provide nearly half a trillion dollars annually to boost their countries’ exports, compared to the $20 billion authorized by the Ex-Im Bank last year. Additionally, some customers require suppliers to bring an ECA like Ex-Im Bank to the table with them to even bid on a project. 

    ·         Failure to act quickly will do long-term harm to U.S. manufacturers. Congress has failed to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. This unilateral disarmament is putting at risk tens of billions of dollars in U.S. exports and hundreds of thousands of American jobs that rely on these exports. Congress needs to schedule a vote on Ex-Im reauthorization.

     

  • Ozone Regulations - Legislators Need to Hear from You!

    Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an ozone rule that will have harmful impacts on manufacturers in every state, and could be the most expensive regulation in U.S. history. This EPA ozone proposal would put new burdens on the manufacturing activity vital to creating jobs and growing the economy and the costs would trickle down to households across the country.

    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 before the rule is finalized later this year!

    Scroll down to send messages to your Governor, Mayor, 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