Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) says he was under a lot of pressure from folks in the Texas 11th Congressional District to vote against the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.” But Conaway, a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” radio program, decided he had to vote for the bill.
Congress approved the bill and President Bush signed the legislation into law a week ago. Supporters hope the bill will help prevent the American economy from sinking into another Great Depression.
“My job as I see it is to form the best opinion I can, the most informed, intelligent,” Conaway says. “And yes, you listen to the constituents. But at the end of the day I had to vote for what I believe is right.”
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 on union organizing. One group fighting against the bill is the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. Mike will talk to their spokeswoman Rhonda Bentz about their campaign.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps American manufacturers grow and compete in the global marketplace. For the past 17 years it has helped manufacturers achieve $1.3 billion in cost savings annually. But the program has been unfairly criticized as a government handout.
Mike will talk to Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions Director Dan Curtis about why the program is crucial to manufacturers in his state and around the country. In fact, Lee Morgan, president of Farr Air Pollution Control in Jonesboro, Arkansas, will tell Mike how MEP helped save his company and jobs.
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 will close 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 http://www.americasbusiness.org.
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