The NAM applauds the action of the House Agriculture Committee earlier today in reporting out two bills that are critical to derivatives end-users like manufacturers. These bills, H.R. 634, the “Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013” and H.R. 677 the “Inter-Affiliate Swap Clarification Act” are key priorities for manufacturers and will ensure that end-users are fully exempt from posting margin and that inter-affiliate trades are not treated the same as market-facing trades and are exempt from clearing requirements.
As a steering committee member of the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users the NAM has been leading in advocating for the passage of these bills. Today’s mark-up came on the heels of last week’s House Ag Committee hearing where the Coalition had two witnesses testify in support of these bills including NAM member company Honeywell who testified in support of H.R. 634. That these bills were reported out of the House Agriculture Committee so quickly following the hearing is a solid indication that strong support exists for end-users.
We now look forward swift consideration of these two common-sense, cost and job saving bills in the near-term by the House Financial Services Committee in the coming weeks and the NAM will be leading the charge to have this accomplished.
In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.
Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).
Carolyn is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
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