Today’s Senate Votes Will Impact Jobs and Manufacturers’ Competitiveness
NAM Urges Senators to Support Measures to Approve Keystone XL, Expand OCS Exploration and Stop Boiler MACT Regulations
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in support of the amendments offered by Sen. Collins (R-ME) to delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Boiler MACT regulations; Sens. Vitter (R-LA), Sessions (R-AL) and Wicker (R-MS) to expand exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); Sen. Hoeven (R-ND) to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline without the Administration’s approval; and in opposition to the amendment offered by Sen. Wyden (D-OR) to limit the exports of any crude oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline:
“Senators have the opportunity today to take a stand against the burdensome and costly Boiler MACT regulations from the EPA that threaten manufacturing jobs. These costly regulations are creating uncertainty throughout the economy. They will result in the loss of more than 200,000 jobs and cost more than $14 billion to implement in the first year alone. The amendment offered today by Sen. Collins offers a balanced approach to give the EPA more time to revise these rules, make them achievable and provide manufacturers with an additional two years to comply with the regulations.
Manufacturers use one-third of the energy consumed in the United States, so today’s votes in the Senate on access to affordable sources of energy are absolutely essential to our global competitiveness and jobs. We must do more to expand our domestic sources of energy by increasing exploration of the OCS as well as working with our neighbors who offer a secure, reliable source of energy. The approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will create 20,000 much-needed manufacturing and construction jobs and 118,000 “spin off” jobs.
We support free and open market-based trade, and it’s important to continue to work to create a climate in the U.S. to allow businesses to better compete, not add more regulations and mandates. Today, the Senate has a chance to take a step forward for our nation’s competitiveness, energy security and, most importantly, jobs.”
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