This Week on America’s Business

Americas-Business-logo.jpgRep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) returns to “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” this week to detail his support of legislation to provide guaranteed loans to American automakers.

“It was not a bailout, as some protest. It was a loan, very much like the loan with Chrysler back in about 1980,” the Congressman explains. “And in fact the federal government made money on that particular loan. Whether that’s going to be the case here we don’t know, but it was an effort made on a bipartisan basis.”

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program is helping small to medium sized manufacturers across the country by providing them with the support they need to compete globally. Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) is a major supporter of this program and joins us on America’s Business to tell us why.

One of the most important pieces of legislation for businesses in 2009 will be the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act. That bill would strip away an employee’s right to a secret ballot when voting on union representation. Jim Patterson of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is on the program this week to talk about a recent poll LABI conducted , showing widespread opposition to this “card check” legislation.

If you live in the D.C. area you’ve probably seen the Presidential helicopters fly over your head, but did you know those helicopters were over 30 years old? Lockheed Martin has been commissioned to build new helicopters for the President, and Lockheed spokesman Jeff Bantle is here to tell us more.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons offers an update on the 2008 political campaign season, and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And our program closes with “The Last Word” from the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler.

For more about “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” and to listen to the program online check out www.Americasbusiness.org.

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