Senate Once Again Fails to Act on Critical Trade Legislation

Manufacturers Need Certainty and Path Forward on TPA

Washington, D.C., May 12, 2015 – Today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the Senate failed to move to debate on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation critically needed by manufacturers to reach the 95 percent of the world’s customers who live outside U.S. borders, to increase global competitiveness and to level the playing field.

“Today, a minority in the Senate failed American workers and the more than 14,000 manufacturers that make up the NAM, who need our nation to keep its mantle of economic leadership. New trade agreements negotiated under TPA would supercharge our exports, sales and opportunities for manufacturers to create jobs. As the Senate chooses to stand still, other countries are forging ahead with new trade deals that put U.S.-based manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. We saw what happens today when facts lose out to myths.”

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