Capital Briefing: September 18, 2015

Capital Briefing

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Details: Martha Sprague, (202) 637-3083.


This Week in Washington

Ozone Rule Moves to White House in Final Stage.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s final ozone regulation moved to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 28. As a result of a court order, the final rule must be released no later than October 1, leaving the OMB a historically short period of time to review the regulation and its possible impacts and hear from stakeholders.

In the latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, NAM members indicated how they view the impending stricter standards. More than 80 percent of respondents say they are concerned that this proposed regulation will increase costs for energy, equipment and other inputs.

Because of investments and innovation, manufacturers are reducing emissions and slashing ozone levels. The NAM continues to highlight the difficulties of meeting a stricter standard with advertisements and direct outreach to lawmakers at all levels.

“The real shame is that the ozone reductions we continue to see are happening in large part due to the hard work of manufacturers whose production, jobs and livelihood are threatened by this proposal,” said NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg. “Ozone levels have dropped by nearly 20 percent since 2000, and progress will continue for the next decade and beyond, but by proposing more stringent federal standards now, the Administration is pushing beyond what is technologically possible in many parts of the country.” 

Specific NAM polling done in Pennsylvania and Ohio finds more than two-thirds of respondents already think they have good-to-excellent air quality; in ColoradoVirginia and New Mexico, it’s more than three-quarters of those polled.

Congressional members, governors, mayors and state legislators from both sides of the political aisle are reaching out to the White House asking for restraint, something rarely seen in today’s political environment. Manufacturers stand in support of these representatives who understand our need for balanced regulations and oppose this rule and urge the Obama Administration to retain the existing ozone standard. To watch the latest ad and for more information on ozone, go to www.nam.org/ozone.

Details: Ross Eisenberg, (202) 637-3173 and Greg Bertelsen, (202) 637-3174.

Hot Topic

Congress Ignores Ex-Im Bank as Losses Mount.
Although Congress has been back two weeks since its August recess, lawmakers have not taken the steps needed to reauthorize the important U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. Ex-Im’s charter expired on June 30, despite strong votes in the Senate in July in support of a five-year reauthorization of the bank.

Congressional failure to reauthorize the bank led General Electric (GE) to announce earlier this week that the company will move 500 manufacturing jobs to facilities in Europe, Canada and China—to countries that can help secure project financing through foreign export credit agencies. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement highlighting the real-world consequences of Congress’ inaction.

“This decision will have a multiplier effect—impacting suppliers and job creators of all sizes and further hampering the ability of manufacturers to compete globally. This is only the beginning and a tragedy in the making. While Washington plays political games, hundreds of families are losing their paychecks,” Timmons said. 

GE alone is now bidding on $11 billion worth of international power projects that require export credit agency financing. These customers often require guaranteed financing from an export credit agency like the Ex-Im Bank to submit a bid. With no U.S. export financing available, manufacturers will increasingly be forced to pursue non-U.S. options and invest in non-U.S. manufacturing. Other NAM members and companies throughout the United States are starting to lose sales and new opportunities because lawmakers have not acted.

The NAM continues to demonstrate to lawmakers that small businesses across the United States are suffering and is focusing the debate on the reality of competing against more than 60 foreign government export credit agencies. Small companies, including Nova Pressroom Products and Miss Jenny’s Pickles, rely on the Ex-Im Bank for crucial access to consumers throughout the global economy.

Please take action and rally your employees to contact members of Congress today—to urge a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and to fight for our future.

Details: Linda Dempsey, (202) 637-3144 and Lauren Airey Wilk, (202) 637-3141.

Tax, Technology and Domestic Economic Policy

NAM and Coalition Push Leads to Committee Action on Tax Extenders.
The NAM and the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition called on Congress to act immediately to extend the expired and expiring tax provisions known as “tax extenders.” The NAM spearheaded the September 10 broad-based letter, signed by more than 2,000 companies, nonprofits, coalitions and associations, representing millions of individuals, employees and businesses of all sizes.

Following the letter, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to make three NAM-supported tax extenders permanent, including 50 percent first-year expensing, also known as bonus depreciation.

Two other bills the committee approved—deferral for active financing income and the look-through rule for controlled foreign corporations—would allow manufacturers to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

Earlier this year, the Ways and Means Committee and the full House of Representatives approved legislation to make permanent two other NAM tax extender priorities: the R&D tax credit and enhanced Section 179 expensing.

The House’s permanent approach to tax extenders is not matched in the Senate, where the Senate Finance Committee approved in July a two-year extension of the expired tax provisions.  

While it is not yet clear when or how the House and Senate will ultimately reconcile these two approaches, the NAM will continue to push for the extenders to be enacted without further delay for as long as possible to give manufacturers certainty on these critical tax provisions.

Details: Christina Crooks, (202) 637-3076.

Manufacturing in Action

Collie Hutter, chairman of the board for Click Bond, Inc. and a member of the NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group, speaks during the National Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit, which addressed closing the skills gap.

Photo by David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers

Get Involved

The 2016 Elections—Are You Ready?
There are more than 12 million manufacturing workers in this country, but an NAM survey conducted earlier this year found that only 17 percent of them had heard from their employers about the importance of voting during the 2014 elections. We can—and we MUST—do better to protect the future of manufacturing in America.

Check out our redesigned 2016 NAM Election Center webpage. It is a central hub for all of the NAM's election resources and information. It shows your employees how to register to vote, teaches best practices for building a successful voter education program and provides candidate Voter Guides on key federal races later in 2016. The Election Center has all the resources you need to talk legally and effectively with your employees about voting.

As a manufacturer, we need you to take the time to encourage your employees, family and friends to be manufacturing voters in 2016. Please visit the NAM Election Center today.

Details: Leann Paradise, (202) 637-3049.

Download the NAM Advocacy App.
Contact Congress while on the go! The NAM developed the MFGWorks mobile app for smartphones and tablets to give employees, families and friends the power to take action in support of manufacturing—wherever they are.

Download the MFGWorks app for Apple or Android devices and share it with your colleagues, family and friends. We are all part of a growing manufacturing economy, and we need your help to keep positive momentum on Capitol Hill.

Details: Leann Paradise, (202) 637-3049.

Upcoming Events

Manufacturing Day Is October 2—Have You Signed Up to Host an Event?
Manufacturing Day is roughly two weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to sign up and host an event at your facility. Signing up is easy. Planning an event is simple when using the resources provided by the Manufacturing Day partners.

Whether through a plant tour for community partners or an open meeting with your company's leadership and elected officials, Manufacturing Day is a great way for you to increase public awareness of manufacturing. Companies are encouraged to host activities that fit their specific needs.

In addition, if October 2 presents a scheduling conflict for your organization, we encourage your leadership to consider other options during October. This year, some organizations will host Manufacturing Day activities throughout the month, creating an extended opportunity to educate interested parties on their operations.

For more information on Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com.

Details: Christopher Glen, (202) 637-3121.

Save the Date: Cargo Logistics America Expo & Conference December 2–3.
The NAM is a supporting partner of the Cargo Logistics America (CLA) Expo & Conference, December 2–3, in San Diego, Calif.

We invite you to see the entire supply chain—all major transportation modes and all cargo types—under one roof. If your company has a supply chain that runs through America, you will want to attend CLA 2015.

Featured keynote speakers will include Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC President and Owner and NAM Executive Committee member Drew Greenblatt. Registration with a special discount for NAM members will open this month. For more information, e-mail info@cargologisticsamerica.com.

Details: Chrys Kefalas, (202) 637-3082.

The Week Ahead

Senate Hearings:
TUESDAY — The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security holds a hearing to examine consumer product safety and the recall process.

Details: Rick Limardo, (202) 637-3198.

House Hearings:
Not available at this time.

Details: Laura Ringdahl Siegrist, (202) 637-3038.

Economic Reports:
There are a number of economic reports out next week that will give a better glimpse on the health of the U.S. and global manufacturing sector. Given the challenges in China, for instance, the Markit Flash PMI data for that country will be closely watched on Wednesday, with manufacturing activity also being released for the United States and the Eurozone. In addition, regional surveys from the Kansas City and Richmond Federal Reserve Banks and the latest durable goods figures will provide additional insights on the U.S. market. At the end of next week, the final revision for GDP will be released. Other highlights to look for include new data on consumer confidence and existing and new home sales.

Details: Chad Moutray, (202) 637-3148.

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