Manufacturers and Laborers Agree: Keystone Veto Is Missed Opportunity for American Workers

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which represents more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States, today joined with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), which represents nearly 500 local union chapters in the United States and Canada, to address the opportunity missed when President Barack Obama vetoed legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“With the stroke of his pen, the President said no to more than just a pipeline. He said no to a conduit for new jobs, opportunities for thousands of working men and women, and energy security for manufacturers here at home. Although we are severely disappointed with today’s veto, the clock is still running on a final decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. The President can still redeem himself by approving the project’s permit; a step laborers and manufacturers urge him to take as soon as possible.” 


  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit


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