Urgent Action Still Needed to Prevent Retaliation on Manufacturing

As House Passes Solution for COOL, Senate Must Act

Washington, D.C., June 10, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey released the following statement after the House passed legislation to bring the United States into compliance with the World Trade Organization regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rules for muscle cuts of beef and pork:

“Leaders in the House of Representatives took a first step to bring the United States back into compliance with its international obligations regarding the COOL rules after years of inaction, but there is still much work to be done to guarantee a solution that protects manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturers need policies that create a level playing field, increase access to the world’s growing customer base and expand opportunities, not create new barriers for our exports. With manufacturers targeted for retaliation from our two largest trading partners, we urge the Senate to act now.”

To read more about the NAM’s priorities on trade, visit www.nam.org/trade. 

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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 www.nam.org.

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