This strategy is a blueprint for competitiveness that will unleash the economy and manufacturing’s outsized multiplier effect. Importantly, manufacturers’ aspirations—the four goals laid out in the pages that follow—are ones that all Americans who want to maintain our country’s economic advantage can rally around.
Senate Misses Opportunity to Save Jobs
Manufacturers Disappointed by Senate Failure to Stop Costly EPA Regulation
Washington, D.C., 06/20/12 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued this statement following the Senate’s failure to move forward with Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) joint resolution of disapproval, S.J. Res. 37, to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Utility MACT rule:
“Today, the Senate missed an opportunity to protect manufacturing jobs and promote growth. Manufacturers will be burdened with the cost of one of the most expensive rules ever issued by the EPA at a time when they need to be investing in the future and creating jobs.
Access to affordable energy is essential for manufacturers to grow and compete. Utility MACT, when combined with other recent power plant regulations, is estimated to drive up energy prices by more than 10 percent in some regions, making it more expensive to do business. We will continue to urge Congress to act now to stop the EPA’s aggressive agenda and urge Washington to pass sensible policies that make it easier for manufacturers to grow their businesses and remain competitive.”