As you probably guessed from the epic battle in the Congress to tap our own resources that played out on this blog all year — and in detail over the past week — it is a long process, filled with ups and downs. It finally came together in the waning hours of the 109th Congress, but there were many pitfalls on the way to eventual victory.
One of the biggest battles fought along the way was one to defeat an amendment by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) that would have effectively killed the bill. This really was the seminal vote in that those who didn’t want us to tap our own resources could vote for it and scuttle the whole year’s effort. Manufacturers finally prevailed on the amendment by a slim two-vote margin, 207-205. It was largely — but not solely — a party line vote. Thanks to our own Tim Lugbill, here’s a list of the Democrats who voted against the Markey Amendment, thereby clearing the way to allow US manufacturers to be more competitive:
The * denotes winners of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.
In any event, here’s a link to the full roll call vote, but in the spirit of bipartisanship, we wanted to single out those Democrats who voted with manufacturing. As the 110th convenes, let’s remember to thank these folks, and let’s hope they might be the nucleus of a pro-manufacturing legislative movement.
As for the others, don’t forget to contact them and let them know you’re watching.
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