This Week on America’s Business Radio

By July 18, 2008General

Americas-Business-logo.jpgThe U.S. House in June overwhelmingly passed legislation to expand protections for people with disabilities. Many businesses employ disabled people and manufacturers were key supporters of renewal of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the bill’s chief sponsor, will appear on “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” radio program to talk about how businesses and the disabilities community came together to craft the bill. Hoyer hopes the Senate will take up the bill soon.

“I think we have a bill that’s workable for both sides,” Hoyer says. “A bill that will be effective. And a bill which will carry out the intent of ensuring people with disabilities aren’t discriminated against in our country.”

“America’s Business” will continue exploring the issue of disabled workers with another guest, Assistant Labor Secretary Neil Romano. Romano runs the Office of Disability Employment Policy, which encourages companies to hire disabled people.

Despite worries about the economy a new survey indicates more American and Canadian manufacturers want to expand business at home. Deloitte and Touche Vice Chairman Craig Giffi will join Mike to talk about the survey from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

There is a misconception that robots will replace human workers. However, FANUC Robotics President Rick Schneider will explain how his company is using robots to help manufacturers boost efficiency, grow their business, and hire more flesh and bone workers.

Americans roads, bridges and other infrastructure are ailing. We’ll talk to Patricia Dalton from the Government Accountability Office about that group’s recent Congressional testimony on the nation’s infrastructure needs. Dalton is managing director of the GAO’s Physical Infrastructure Team.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

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