Based on news reports, today the Republican Party endorsed many key policies that will make manufacturing in the United States greater. The National Association of Manufacturers advanced many of the tax, regulatory, energy, labor and health care reform policies adopted by the party, and we applaud their inclusion in the platform.
At the same time, manufacturers are disappointed the party allowed divisive issues to obscure the importance of policies that will promote growth and opportunity for all Americans. The platform represents a missed opportunity to promote all pillars of American exceptionalism: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Some statements on trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, immigration policy, individual liberty and equal opportunity leave a lot to be desired. These misguided statements do not just hold back the party, but also our country.
If our leaders want to strengthen our country, bolster manufacturing and keep America exceptional, manufacturers have provided the road map to do just that and unify the country around mainstream solutions: “Competing to Win.”
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