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  • Contact Congress Now on TPA

    Manufacturers need to redouble their efforts to push forward on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)!

    Groups opposed to TPA are aggressively contacting Congress to block this bill. Manufacturers need to make sure Congress hears your voice too! With the Senate continuing to debate TPA this week and Members of Congress back in their districts starting on May 23, now is the time activate your grassroots network, conduct employee outreach and alert your supply chain!

    Please take action today and ensure support for this critical legislation by:
    • Setting up a local meeting with your Member of Congress to discuss TPA during the Memorial Day recess (May 23 – 31)
    • Inviting Members of Congress to visit your facilities to talk about TPA during the Memorial Day recess
    • Calling your local Senate and House of Representatives offices urging support for TPA
    • Writing letters to your Senators and House Members urging support for TPA
    • Placing an Op-Ed (NAM can assist with templates and drafts)
    • Place calls to House district offices urging support for TPA
    • Participating in Town Hall meetings (NAM can assist with questions)

    For more information, visit our website or contact:

    Ken Monahan
    Director, International Trade 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. 
  • Ex-Im Bank - Urge Congress to Consider a Long-Term Reauthorization

    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
  • 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
  • Contact Your Texas Legislator!

    Please contact your Texas State Representative to urge their support for an important piece of legislation before the Texas State House.

    The legislation, S.B. 1968, would do three important things:

    1. Prohibits Texas government entities from collecting dues and political funds either directly or indirectly on behalf of a trade union, labor union, employees’ association or professional association,

    2. Prevents union representatives from participating in government inspections of non-union work sites without the consent of the employer and,

    3. Clarifies allowed activity with regard to labor dispute picketing.

    This bill is an important step in restoring the proper role of the government as a neutral entity with respect to employers and labor unions. Please contact your State Representative to urge them to vote in favor of this needed legislation.
  • Miscellaneous Tariff Bill - Take Action NOW

    Status:
    On April 16, 2015, Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015.” The legislation would create a transparent, objective, predictable and regularized process for Congress to consider and enact Miscellaneous Tariff Bills to correct longstanding distortions in the U.S. tariff code by removing temporarily tariffs on imported products that are not available domestically.

    We need manufacturers to contact their House and Senate members and tell them to move the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015! Failure to act on the MTB has resulted in an annual $748 million tax on manufacturing in the United States, and economic losses amounting to $1.857 billion on the U.S. economy. Passage of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015 is critical to ensure that a new MTB process to eliminate or reduce tariffs on critical manufacturing inputs can be initiated this year.


    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 a new 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:
    For three decades, Congress had traditionally worked on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to correct distortions in the U.S. tariff code on a temporary basis, but Congress has failed to act since 2010. Since the 2010 MTB bill expired at the end of 2012, small, medium and large manufacturers in industries ranging from agriculture and electronics to textiles, chemicals and beyond have been paying tariffs on needed inputs and other products, undermining their competitiveness, raising their costs and hurting their ability to retain and create manufacturing jobs in the United States.

    The MTB 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.


    * For more information on the MTB issue, please visit the NAM’s policy site.
    * Click here for a copy of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015.
    * Click here for a summary of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015.
    * Click here for MTB talking points.
    * 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!