This Week on America’s Business

By September 21, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike Hambrick“America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” explores the rising influence of Blue Dog Democrats this week, talks workforce skills with a top Administration official, and monitors the world of lawsuit abuse.

Blue Dogs are the 47-member strong House caucus of conservative-leaning Democrats. Joining Mike this week are the group’s two chairmen, Rep. Alan Boyd of Florida and Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas. Political balance and mandated miles per gallon are among the hot topics

From the Department of Labor, we hear from Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, who explains how government works with the private sector to promote skills training. The NAM’s Heath Weems adds the manufacturers’ perspective.

Mark Tapscott, editorial editor of The Examiner, tells us how America pays the price for “Lawyers Gone Wild,” the title of the paper’s hard-hitting series on how the plaintiff’s bar distorts justice and drags down America’s competitiveness. Staying on the topic of tort reform, we hear from Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership, tackling the excess of frivolous lawsuits.

The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show is North America’s largest trade show featuring metal forming, fabricating, tube and pipe, and welding — essential contributors to the U.S. manufacturing economy. Joining Mike to talk about the Nov. 11-14 event in Chicago are Ray Shook, executive director of the American Welding Society; Jerry Shankel of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, and Mark Tomlinson, executive director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

The NAM’s Hank Cox revisits “The Way it Was,” and NAM President and CEO John Engler closes with “The Last Word” commentary on the EPA’s proposed new ozone standards, which could destroy jobs if taken to extremes.

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