Manufacturers: We Don’t Want to Be on the Sidelines Anymore

Trade Promotion Authority Is Critical to Our Success in the Global Economy

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the Senate approved bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation:

“Today’s Senate vote was an important step forward, and now manufacturers call on the House to immediately pass TPA so we can restore U.S. leadership on trade around the globe. We need to put America back at the negotiating table. This has gone on for far too long, and Congress has kept manufacturers on the sidelines of market-opening and job-creating trade agreements that we desperately need to be competitive in a global economy.”

To read more about the NAM’s priorities on TPA and how manufacturers in every state are benefitting from trade, visit our website.


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