(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week.)
NAM convention attendees met up with our friends from the Blue Dog Coalition at a reception they sponsored in Denver. The Blue Dog Chair, Rep. Allen Boyd (FL), and his savvy Chief of Staff Libby Greer were on hand, as were Reps. Charlie Melancon (LA), Dennis Cardoza (CA), Mike Ross (AR), John Tanner (TN) and Adam Schiff (CA).
Manufacturers and Blue Dog Democrats are on the same page on many issues – and the topic of domestic energy supply was a key discussion item. Last summer, the Blue Dogs outlined their principles for smart domestic energy supply. They understand that America needs lower energy costs to ensure our economy is strong and growing. We are hopeful that their commonsense approach to additional explorations offshore prevails in the House after the August recess.
As long as legislation focuses on expanding domestic supply without imposing punitive tax increases on America’s manufacturers, Congress will be on the right track.
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