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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) leads this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” outlining the priorities in the $825 billion stimulus bill and making the case that its passage will restore the U.S. economy, creating jobs in the process.

Representative Clyburn says, “We think that we have been very conscious of what it takes to assist American businesses stand back up and to help get our economy moving again.”

Included in the stimulus package is funding to support adoption of information technology in health care.  Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now! coalition, details the funding provisions and make the case that IT investment can improve health care quality.

Passed last year in response to lead-contaminated toys from China, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act includes strict testing requirements for children’s products — mandates that are prohibitively expensive for small businesses.  Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has been covering the law’s business-killing excesses at his popular website, overlawyered.com.  He joins us to discuss the law’s many problems.

The Maryland Manufacturers Alliance of Maryland has released a new report, “Manufacturing in Maryland – The Cornerstone of Shared Prosperity.” Gene Burner, President of the Alliance, is here to talk about what Maryland is bringing to table in terms of manufacturing, and how the state could promote this important sector of the economy. Think energy and taxes.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

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Americas-Business-logo.jpgPresident Obama has taken office as our 44th President, with the pressure on to produce a stimulus bill that can effectively help America’s economy.  This week on America’s Business to discuss the stimulus bill is Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL).  Rep. Bean argues for a key tax provision relating to net operating losses, which would put money back in the hands of struggling companies.

 A highly anticipated and controversial bill is the Employee Free Choice Act.  The legislation would take away the secret ballot when deciding if a workplace will unionize or not and replace with a card check system that could lead to worker harassment from union organizers.  This week we continue our conversation with Representative John Kline (R-MN) on the bill’s threat to U.S. competitiveness and employee rights.

A healthy manufacturing sector is key to reviving the economy and creating jobs. Mark Tomlinson, Executive Director and General Manager of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers surveys the scene in 2009, including the prospects for manufacturing employment.Another key for economic stability is the recovery of the U.S. housing market.  National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun details the difficulties facing housing and possible steps to improve conditions.

Finding young workers who are interested in joining the manufacturing sector has become a serious problem.  Highly skilled jobs are becoming available across the country, but no workers to fill them.  The American Society for Quality recently did a survey that showed 85 percent of youth today are not interested in a future engineering career.  Cheryl Birdsong-Dyer of Sprint Nextel is on the program to explain the results of this survey.

In our regular segments, NAM commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”  And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

For more about “America’s Business” and to listen to the program online, please visit www.americasbusiness.org

 

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Americas-Business-logo.jpgThe so-called Employee Free Choice Act takes center stage this week on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick.

President-elect Barack Obama cosponsored this bill as U.S. Senator and organized labor has made its passage a top priority. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is on the program to share his strong opinion on the bill, which would eliminate secret ballot elections in the workplace when unions attempt to organize a business.

Senator Chambliss said of the bill, “That’s the most dangerous piece of legislation that we may deal with in the session of Congress and I expect we will have it on our plate early in the process.” Chambliss also talked about his recent run-off victory in Georgia.

Here to explain some of the finer details of the Employee Free Choice Act is attorney Peter Kirsanow.  This former member of the National Labor Relations Board says the legislation contains provisions beyond the secret-ballot-attacking “card check” that could cause major headaches to business owners in America

The Employee Free Choice Act isn’t the only troubling labor bill on the horizon.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are also approaching.  With innocuous sounding names these bills sound good and just, but that just isn’t the story.  Here to explain what these bills could do to employers across America is Congressman John Kline (R-MN).

Back again for part two of a discussion on China’s economy and global impact is Atlantic Monthly’s James Fallows.

Find out about a small business that is doing very well by finding a large market by exporting.  We’ll speak with Ray Heelan, President of Allegheny Coupling Company in Warren, PA, to find out how to best start an exporting relationship with other countries

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.” For more on America’s Business go to www.AmericasBusiness.org.

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Americas-Business-logo.jpgAmerica’s Business rings in the New Year with several timely and interesting interviews.  Agriculture Secretary and former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer joins host Mike Hambrick to talk about renewable fuels and alternative energy and what an important role they will play in the future.

“Well, I’m excited about alternative fuels,” Secretary Schafer says. “The bio-fuels, the bio-mass –  that is very important for us and it increases economic activity in rural areas like you can’t imagine.  And again, moves us towards that energy independence and it’s better for the environment.”

Atlantic Monthly international correspondent James Fallows, a frequent guest of the program, returns to talk about his most recent article, “Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money.” He’s referring to China, which holds $1.4 billion dollars of the U.S. debt.  This has invariably linked these two countries financially in more ways than expected.

Despite the tough recession, many American manufacturers are finding ways to survive and prosper. One such company is Ariens Corporation. Dan Ariens, President and CEO, is on the program this week to explain how they have been able to move ahead.

In October, President Bush signed the PRO-IP bill into law, a comprehensive intellectually property rights laws.  Passage was a big victory for the NAM, which led the charge to make intellectual property rights more secure for America’s innovators.  This week one of the bill’s fathers, Rick Cotton, General Counsel at NBC, is here to explain why this bill was a success and where improvements can still be made.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

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Americas-Business-logo.jpg“America’s Business” this week considers economic crises, past and present, with Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson. Bob has written a new book entitled “The Great Inflation and its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence,” and is on the program this week to share its insights. Contributing to the now-almost forgotten Great Inflation of the 1960s and ‘70s was consistently bad advice from the nation’s economists, Samuelson says, helping to produce bad policies from both parties in the White House.

Europe remains the No.1 trade partner for U.S. manufacturers, and this week we find out how business can receive assistance in exporting to Europe. The program is called Export Europe and is run by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the NAM. Rebecca Balogh, Commercial Attaché, describes the essential steps for forging valuable trade relationships with Europe. Also here to relate first-hand how he achieved success in exporting to Europe is Roy Paulson, President and CEO of Paulson Manufacturing, a protective equipment manufacturer in Temecula, California.

Everyone knows Bayer for its aspirin, but their medicines and products run a broad scale of industrial production. Here to tell us more about the Bayer Corporation is newly appointed CEO for its U.S. operations, Greg Babe. He’ll share with us what Bayer is up to and what the company has planned for the future.

The Erie Canal is nearing 200 years old, and it’s still helping America move its goods, sometimes even faster than highways or rail. We’ll learn about canal history from the NAM’s Hank Cox and his “The Way It Was” and then hear from Rob Goldman of the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company, which does business on the canal.

And as usual we’ll close the program with “The Last Word” from NAM President John Engler.

For more about “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” and to listen to the program online please visit www.americasbusiness.org

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Americas-Business-logo.jpgRep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) returns to “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” this week to detail his support of legislation to provide guaranteed loans to American automakers.

“It was not a bailout, as some protest. It was a loan, very much like the loan with Chrysler back in about 1980,” the Congressman explains. “And in fact the federal government made money on that particular loan. Whether that’s going to be the case here we don’t know, but it was an effort made on a bipartisan basis.”

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program is helping small to medium sized manufacturers across the country by providing them with the support they need to compete globally. Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) is a major supporter of this program and joins us on America’s Business to tell us why.

One of the most important pieces of legislation for businesses in 2009 will be the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act. That bill would strip away an employee’s right to a secret ballot when voting on union representation. Jim Patterson of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is on the program this week to talk about a recent poll LABI conducted , showing widespread opposition to this “card check” legislation.

If you live in the D.C. area you’ve probably seen the Presidential helicopters fly over your head, but did you know those helicopters were over 30 years old? Lockheed Martin has been commissioned to build new helicopters for the President, and Lockheed spokesman Jeff Bantle is here to tell us more.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons offers an update on the 2008 political campaign season, and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And our program closes with “The Last Word” from the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler.

For more about “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” and to listen to the program online check out www.Americasbusiness.org.