Seventy-Two Hours to Educate and Celebrate

By February 11, 2007Energy, Health Care

America’s manufacturers are coming to town — Washington, D.C., that is.

This week, hundreds of manufacturing leaders from around the country will arrive in the nation’s capital for the biennial NAM event, “72 Hours to Educate and Celebrate.”

Vice President Dick Cheney will lead off, speaking to the NAM members on Wednesday morning. Congress Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the Democrats’ majority whip, follows up at noon.

But the big reason the manufacturers have come to Washington is to meet with their local Members of Congress, and to talk to them.

NAM members will explain the important need for the United States to develop a reliable and diverse energy supply. Not important in some abstract sense — but critically important for their company, their employees and their local community.

Manufacturers will speak from personal experience: About the growing tax burden, the high cost of health care, and all of the other challenges that make it hard to compete.

Manufacturing remains the engine that drives the U.S. economy. It directly employs more than 14 million Americans and produced more than $1.5 trillion in wealth last year.

Those are important facts every Member of Congress should know…Not just during next week’s NAM 72-hour campaign to “Educate and Celebrate,” but every day of every year as they do their business.

Join the discussion One Comment