House and Senate Movement on MTB Invites Wave of Opportunity for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C., April 13, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on the release of legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate reforming the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process:

“Manufacturers are encouraged that, after three years of calling upon Congress to act, leaders in the House and Senate have introduced legislation to create a transparent and predictable MTB process that eliminates unnecessary border taxes. Amid rising costs and a tough global economy, manufacturers are paying and will continue to pay a heavy price if Congress does not move on this legislation. These distortions are particularly severe for those manufacturers that must pay tariffs on necessary inputs not produced domestically, while the competing foreign finished product comes in duty-free. 

“The NAM urges that MTB reform legislation advance as soon as possible, because the sooner we move forward with these needed reforms, the sooner relief will be available to manufacturers.”

Learn more about the importance of advancing MTB legislation here.



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