As Members of the 114th Congress descend on Washington for orientation, and the 113th Congress convenes for the upcoming lame duck session, manufacturers stand ready to work with our leaders to advance policies that will enable us to continue to grow and create jobs. Manufacturers believe that now is the time to set aside the differences that have resulted in gridlock, and focus on the pro-growth policies that brought voters to the polls. Simply put, it is time to govern and grow.
Manufacturing in the United States is growing the economy, but we can’t do it alone. We’re asking our current and newly elected representatives to just solve problems: extend important tax policies, such as the R&D tax credit; make comprehensive tax reform happen; fix our nation’s broken immigration system; stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on American energy security; invest in our aging infrastructure; pass a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank; move Trade Promotion Authority to allow manufacturers to access to the 95% of the world’s consumers who live outside of our borders; and enact regulatory reform to name just some of the issues that need immediate action. We also need Congress to address unsustainable skyrocketing health care costs, reign in overreach from the NLRB and OSHA, and take steps to close a growing skills gap that has caused over 80% of manufacturers to report difficulty in hiring qualified workers.
Manufacturers are doing their part to power the economy —we’re hiring again and expanding to new markets around the world – but we need Washington working again to get America on the right track. The NAM looks forward to continuing to work with members of the 114th Congress on the critical issues that will make the United States the best place in the world to manufacture.
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