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Congress Must ACT NOW to Pass a NEW MTB PROCESS!

Congress has a critical opportunity to eliminate unfair and anticompetitive taxes on manufacturers by passing a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process as part of the conference of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644).

A new MTB would eliminate or reduce hundreds of import duties on raw materials and intermediate products that are not produced or available domestically.

The last MTB Congress passed expired on December 31, 2012. Since then, companies have faced an annual $748 million tax hike on manufacturing in the United States and a $1.857 billion economic loss to the U.S. economy.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Testimonials

“Milliken employs 6,000 men and women in the United States and manufactures polypropylene clariers and nucleators for use in the packaging, food storage and container markets. Because the raw materials needed are not produced in the United States, we have relied on the MTB process to reduce our overall costs and improve our global competitiveness. Thanks to past MTBs, we’ve been able to add jobs in South Carolina and grow our chemical business. Milliken encourages Congress to nd a path forward by reforming the MTB process so manufacturers can take advantage of this needed tax break.” Allen Jacoby, Global Business Manager, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina
“There are 595 American workers in Lasko’s United States facilities that could benefit greatly from the MTB program that expired at the end of 2012. The MTB allowed Lasko to compete against low-cost imports of household electric fans from China, but unfortunately without the MTB, we’ve struggled to maintain our production levels. We are the last American manufacturer of portable oscillating fans and were able to stay competitive in this business with the MTB program and make heavy investment in capital equipment and tooling. We hope Congress will act on the MTB as soon as possible to preserve American jobs and our investment.” Ed McAssey, Chief Operating Officer, Lasko Products, Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania


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