NAM: House Budget Vote “A Victory for Manufacturing Workers”

Timmons: “No Time to Waste” Moving Forward on Tax Reform

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the passage of the FY 2018 Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 71)—the legislative vehicle for tax reform—by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Thanks to the House’s leadership and lawmakers’ swift action, we are one step closer to the type of bold tax reform that will raise wages, create jobs, lift up families, strengthen communities and spur manufacturing growth across America,” said Timmons. “Like last week’s successful vote in the Senate, this is a victory for manufacturing workers. But we’re not done yet. Now the House and Senate must come together and get a bill to the president’s desk that adheres to his framework and upholds his manufacturing agenda.

“Manufacturers encourage members of both parties to support reform that creates more opportunity and higher wages for American workers. Tax reform that makes us more competitive as a nation should not be about partisan politics; it should be about the future success of our country.

“Manufacturers will be relentless in our advocacy, and we will be clear to all of our elected leaders, regardless of party: if you support the current tax system, you do not support America’s manufacturing workers. But if you support the kind of bold reform that levels the playing field for manufacturers in America, manufacturers will proudly stand with you. We now have the chance to accomplish something that hasn’t been done in 31 years and that will put the American Dream in reach for more Americans. There’s no time to waste.”

The NAM has aggressively advocated for Congress to adopt the FY 2018 Budget Resolution due to its importance to passing tax reform. Last week, Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, who chairs the NAM’s Board of Directors, held meetings on Capitol Hill with key Republican and Democrat senators in advance of the Senate vote on the budget resolution. Timmons also led regional press calls with local manufacturing leaders urging Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bob Corker (R-TN) to support the legislation, which passed 51–49. The NAM key-voted both the House and Senate budget resolutions. 


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 $2.17 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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