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NAM Kicks off 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour in Austin,Texas

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The 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour launches today in Austin, Texas! This is manufacturers’ moment to tell our story and leverage the national enthusiasm for our industry.

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons participates in an interview with Good Day Austin. Photo by David Bohrer.

From Texas, we will travel to New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. If you can’t join us in person, we can still follow the action and help amplify the message.

We want to show the country the true story of modern manufacturing and the incredible, rewarding careers we offer.

You can find the full list of our stops on our tour website and access the opening remarks here, from our kickoff event in Austin.

Follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to use #StateofMFG. We are excited to join with manufacturers, business leaders, elected officials and students from across the country to share the promise of manufacturing’s future and our commitment to “be the solution” for the challenges facing our communities and our country.

See you on the tour!

President Trump Begins Work to Support Manufacturers on Day One

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Thank you, Mr. President. Manufacturers welcome the presidents swift move to provide no new burdens to the onslaught of regulations we have endured these past eight years. One after another, regulations—on everything from health care and energy to workplace conversations—have made keeping our doors open harder and harder.

Todays announcements are great first steps, and we hope this is a sign of more positive actions to come.

Impeding the Development of Lifesaving Products Is What’s Really “Dangerous”

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If you’re following debates in the Senate, you may have heard Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and others refer to one important piece of pending legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, as “corrupt” and “dangerous.”

Well, she certainly got my attention. But what is really alarming is that Sen. Warren’s attack is baseless. In fact, the effort to derail the 21st Century Cures Act is what is really dangerous—and alarming.

Here’s why:

Manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals save lives and improve the human condition. Their breakthroughs in scientific advances and technological innovations create jobs for scientists and researchers as well as machinists and those on the manufacturing line.

Their work is essential to both the health of our families and our economy.

Unfortunately, due to an outdated federal device and drug approval process, manufacturers in the United States face burdensome costs and unnecessary delays in the development of innovative, lifesaving products.

The 21st Century Cures legislation works to address these challenges. It will modernize our approach to the discovery, development and delivery of medical innovations to ensure that the United States maintains its rightful position of leadership in the global economy at a time when foreign competitors are catching up.

This bill, which represents a bipartisan negotiation in the House and Senate, has been significantly debated over the past two years. The act focuses on important investments in basic research that will lead to further advancement in the development of treatments and products, help fight diseases and other chronic conditions and allow for small business flexibility to provide health care options to employees.

In addition, the legislation also includes a fix to the Affordable Care Act that will allow small businesses to use Health Reimbursement Arrangements to provide health care options for their employees, a practice that is currently heavily fined by the IRS.

Attempts to call this effort “corrupt” and “dangerous” are baseless and more about making points based on political rhetoric, completely ignoring the positive and much needed provisions of the legislation.

Too much progress is at stake. Americans should hold Sen. Warren accountable for attempting to hold up these much needed medical advances—all to score political points.

President Obama Has Crossed the Line

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National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Obama administration moved to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline:

“The Obama administration just made the decision to put politics above jobs, trying to stall, obfuscate and scapegoat in order to block this job-creating energy infrastructure project. The administration has ignored the rule of law because it doesn’t like the court’s findings that the project can move forward.

“This sets a bad precedent that could threaten future infrastructure projects of all types. For manufacturers, this means the men and women supplying steel pipe, coatings, construction equipment, compressor motors, gauges and instruments, sand and gravel and other key components to the Dakota Access project are sitting idle, without work.

“We understand there are concerns, and above all, we want discussions about this project to be peaceful, productive and respectful. But it’s time for the administration to put its political agenda aside. It’s time to put people to work, including the many manufacturers who will build the components of this project. Let’s come together to move forward, create jobs, strengthen our economy and boost manufacturing.”

Politics’ Corrosive Effect on Jobs Has Gone Too Far

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Lost in the news about today’s jobs numbers is politics’ corrosive effect on future labor reports and our nation’s standing in the world. Actions and debates underway in America today are erecting walls to long-term prosperity for millions of manufacturers. It’s wrong that this administration’s policies have caused health care costs to skyrocket, while policymakers use red tape to regulate many manufacturers out of business.

It’s unfortunate that critical energy infrastructure projects, such as the Dakota Access pipeline, are threatened, resulting in less energy independence and slower job growth. And it’s a failure of leadership when those seeking to serve us in elected office attack the very reasons we’re great, such as global trade and our free enterprise system.

Manufacturers—and all Americans—are looking for more than what we see on the campaign trail and by this administration. As we pause to celebrate Labor Day and the achievements of workers that made this country exceptional, policymakers should be reminded that we won’t settle for mediocrity. Americans deserve and expect leaders to partner with us to compete and win every day.

Chamber’s Josten Set Standard for Effective Lobbying

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With the announced retirement of Bruce Josten from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business community is losing a stalwart champion of our free enterprise system and a highly respected leader who has defined the Chamber’s advocacy success. For more than two decades, Bruce has been the voice and face of the business community in Washington with singular talent, passion and skill that have set the standard for effective lobbying. He’s been a friend and partner to many of us at the National Association of Manufacturers. In my previous role, I had the privilege of working directly with Bruce on many priorities that our two organizations share. There isn’t anyone in Washington who could be a more experienced and respected mentor for public policy advocacy.

Marty Regalia, who is also retiring, has been as much as anyone a guiding force in shaping and securing major elements of the business community’s tax and economic agenda. Along with Bruce, he has strengthened the work and advanced the progress of the entire business advocacy army. Their leadership has benefited us all. Manufacturers thank Bruce and Marty for their exemplary and dedicated service to promote and defend American Exceptionalism.

Manufacturers Congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine

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Secretary Hillary Clinton has chosen a tested and successful governor and senator for her running mate, and manufacturers congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine as he joins the Democratic ticket.

I have worked with Sen. Kaine in a number of capacities over the years and am pleased to count him as a friend. From his time as mayor of Richmond, to lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, to his current service in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Kaine has proven to be a principled leader. While we don’t always agree on every issue, he takes the time to listen, and most importantly, he keeps his word. He is a dedicated public servant who is well qualified to serve—and who would serve with integrity.

Manufacturers will continue paying close attention to the policy proposals of the Clinton-Kaine campaign. We appreciate Clinton’s stated support for manufacturing, but we remain concerned that many of the positions she’s highlighted on the campaign trail on trade, energy, taxes, regulations and health care would make it more difficult for manufacturers to compete in the global economy and create jobs here at home.

As a former governor, Sen. Kaine has firsthand experience and knowledge about the impact of public policy on investment, job creation and competitiveness. On that note, we hope Sen. Kaine, who has spoken positively about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will support jobs for millions of Americans.

Manufacturers encourage the Clinton-Kaine team to take a close look at our policy agenda, “Competing to Win,” to gain a better understanding of the policies that manufacturers desperately need to win in a competitive global marketplace. We look forward to working with all candidates to enact comprehensive tax reform, pursue new opportunities to export American products, implement regulatory reform and help manufacturers to provide meaningful benefits to their employees.

If the Democratic ticket works with manufacturers to grow the economy and enhance our global competitiveness, we indeed can be “stronger together.” After all, when manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.

Manufacturers Congratulate Gov. Pence

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Manufacturers congratulate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Donald Trump has chosen a running mate who has proven executive experience as well as a keen understanding of the legislative process. While in Congress, he was a champion for manufacturing, accruing a 90 percent lifetime voting record with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

For manufacturers, however, this election isn’t about the personalities on the ticket. It’s about the policies these candidates support. We are encouraged by Gov. Pence’s support for pro-growth tax reform, regulatory reform, energy and health care policies. We hope Gov. Pence, who has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will persuade his running mate that expanded trade will make America even greater.

Despite his many policy strengths, we have been disappointed by Gov. Pence’s support for laws that fall short of protecting equal opportunity for all citizens. We hope a Trump-Pence ticket will strongly support and defend the equality of opportunity and recognize how diverse workforces strengthen businesses and their communities.

Ultimately, we hope both Trump and Pence will use their campaign to advance an agenda that truly supports manufacturing and the more than 12 million men and women who make things in America. The NAM has already laid out its roadmap for economic growth through manufacturing in our Competing to Win agenda.

Honoring Ron Bullock, a Manufacturing Champion

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On behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), I send my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ron Bullock, owner and chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering.

Beyond his leadership at Bison, Ron was committed to advancing the cause of manufacturing in the United States. I was proud to work alongside him at the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute in our efforts to strengthen the manufacturing workforce. As former chairman of the Institute, a member of the NAM Board of Directors and a member of our Workforce and Competitiveness Task Force, Ron gave generously of his time and energy to work selflessly to expand opportunity for all. Our industry is stronger thanks to Ron, and I know many lives have been changed for the better in Illinois and across the country, thanks to his support of our industry and his community. He will be missed at Bison, and we will miss him at the NAM.

Bison

Manufacturers Hear from President’s Top Economic Adviser

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Manufacturers blanketed Capitol Hill yesterday during the first day of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) 2016 Manufacturing Summit, and members of Congress and their staff heard from nearly 500 Summit participants. Before heading back to Capitol Hill, we kicked off day two by hearing from President Obama’s top economic adviser, Jeff Zients.

Zients is the director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. In his remarks to Summit attendees, he offered his perspective on two of our top priorities: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank board nominations.

Zients addresses attendees at the NAM’s 2016 Manufacturing Summit. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

Zients addresses attendees at the NAM’s 2016 Manufacturing Summit. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

He reiterated many of our arguments about why manufacturers need TPP:

  • Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers are outside our borders, and Asia alone will have a middle class of 3.2 billion people over the next decade.
  • TPP will improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States as well as our ability to increase sales to markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • TPP will deepen our partnerships with our allies.
  • The United States should be writing the rules of the global economy. If we don’t, China will.

These are just some of the reasons why manufacturers of all sizes from across the country are storming Capitol Hill this week to continue our push for TPP and why the Obama administration must work closely with Congress to forge the path forward so we pass TPP this year.

On the Ex-Im Bank, Zients rightly argued that we can expand exports for manufacturers in the United States if we get the agency back up to full strength. That means the Senate needs to confirm a nominee to the Ex-Im Bank’s board so it can once again be fully functional.

During the Manufacturing Summit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Zients discuss critical issues facing manufacturers. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

During the Manufacturing Summit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Zients discuss critical issues facing manufacturers. Photo by David Bohrer, NAM.

While the NAM won’t always agree with the administration on all issues, we appreciate its efforts to expand export opportunities for manufacturers in the United States. Of course, more work needs to be done, which is why manufacturers will continue speaking out today—and every day—until our leaders act.