Day Two of NAM’s Manufacturing Summit: Kyl and Orszag

It’s Day Two of the Manufacturing Summit, the National Association of Manufacturers’ fly-in and forums that have brought more than 350 manufacturers to town to meet with their members of Congress.

The day begins at the Hyatt Regency with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as the breakfast speaker. The Senator is GOP Whip, so we expect him to hit all the hot issues. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday gave a floor speech detailing Republican objections to the proposed financial reform legislation, so that could well be a major point of discussion. Health care remains topical.

Our NAM business activists then head to Capitol Hill for more discussions with their elected representatives, who represent the policy-making branch of government.

Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the luncheon speaker back at the Hyatt. The OMB is the switching yard of the Obama Administration, so there are plenty of issues to talk about. Director Orszag has been making the case recently that the health care legislation really does “bend the cost curve” downward, which is not the view of the NAM; that could be a good discussion.

And it’s tax day, isn’t it? Taxes may just come up.

In any case, the Administration has always treated the NAM well in providing speakers and keeping lines of communication open, and we’re delighted Director Orszag is coming.

Both speeches are open press, so there should be coverage from the various media outlets. We’ll be posting about the remarks here at Shopfloor.

Tweeting from NAM staff will also continue throughout the day @Shopfloor_NAM, and we’ve given the Manufacturing Summit a hashtag to identify it — #mfgsmt. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers — @SocMfgEng — has joined along, and we’re getting lots of good, albeit short, reports from the field.

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