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Linda Dempsey

NAM’s ITC Testimony on TPP: Reader’s Digest Version

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This week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will begin a three-day-long hearing focusing on the economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is the most complex free trade agreement the United States has negotiated since the Uruguay Round Agreements establishing the World Trade Organization. Once implemented, the TPP will provide an enormous boost to manufacturers’ business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific. Read More

Connecting NAM Members to Global Consumers at Hannover Messe

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NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons (middle) at Hannover Messe 2015. Hannover Messe is billed as the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology.

For many years, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce with the shared goal of boosting exports, improving the business climate for American businesses and creating and sustaining good-paying American jobs. The NAM is excited to expand its work with the Department of Commerce to further these goals as a result of the recent decision by the United States to advance its international position.
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The Congress that Can – Making Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Work

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trade-infographics-01 - CopyYesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) showed once again how working together Congress can produce strong and important legislation to move forward the American economy.  In releasing the conference report to H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, key House and Senate Committee leadership produced long-awaited and much-needed tools to facilitate trade, which is a powerhouse for growing manufacturers’ opportunities globally, and to strengthen trade enforcement tools to promote a more level playing field. Read More

Broad TPP Agreement Deserves Rigorous Review Based on the Outcomes Actually Achieved

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Hours ago, the White House released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement that has been negotiated for more than five years and would seek to join the United States with 11 trading partners across the Asia-Pacific in the largest and most complex plurilateral free trade agreement negotiated by the United States. Read More

The Path to Economic Growth in India: Welcome New Business and Innovation

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U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet October 29 for the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., to examine and move forward our bilateral trade and investment relationship. There are many issues on the agenda, and manufacturers urge that today’s discussions lead to concrete reforms in ways that will grow commercial opportunities and lead to stronger respect for international standards. Read More

How Protecting Property and Innovation with Fair Processes and Strong Standards in the TPP Are Vital to Improve Competitiveness and Promote Prosperity

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America was built on hard work, respect for private property and the rule of law. With basic due process, equal protection and property protections core to the U.S. Constitution and laws such as the Administrative Procedure Act and laws protecting innovation and intellectual property, America has forged the most innovative and resilient manufacturing sector in the world. Read More

NAM TPP Priorities: Open Markets and Strengthen Global Competitiveness to Grow Manufacturing in the U.S.

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Striking new high-standard and market-opening trade agreements with other countries is essential to strengthening America’s manufacturing edge. Across the United States, manufacturers of all sizes are increasingly turning to trade to expand their customer base, grow their business, access critical inputs from overseas and create and sustain jobs here at home. Thanks in substantial part to past trade deals, U.S.-manufactured exports topped $1.403 trillion in 2014 – the highest level in America’s history – and are contributing to the continued growth of manufacturing in the United States, which also reached its highest level ever, with $2.09 trillion in output in 2014. Read More

America’s Manufacturers Will Be Stronger Tomorrow with Trade Promotion Authority

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Today, the Senate will take a final vote on the renewal and modernization of the long-standing congressional-executive framework known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Movement on this top trade priority for manufacturers across a wide variety of industries throughout the United States has been a long time coming, since the expiration of the last TPA in mid-2007. Manufacturers in the U.S. have been at the forefront in pushing this legislation forward, from setting forth TPA priorities in 2013,  issuing a unanimous Board resolution later that year, testifying, taking out advertisements, activating call-in campaigns, appearing on TV and radio and of course holding many hundreds of meetings with Members of Congress in Washington and around the country. Read More

Is India “Open For Business”?

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Timmons delivers opening remarks at U.S.-India Trade Policy Briefing

Timmons delivers opening remarks at U.S.-India Trade Policy Briefing

Members of Congress, policy experts, economists, and industry leaders gathered at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., yesterday morning for a policy breakfast briefing event to examine an important question: “Is India Open For Business?” after the first year of the Modi government. Read More