ICYMI: NAM, Arizona Manufacturing Leaders Urge Senators McCain and Flake to Support Tax Reform

Washington, D.C. – Today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons held a media conference call with Arizona manufacturing leaders to draw attention to the importance for Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake to support the Senate’s tax reform legislation. Timmons was joined by Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Below are excerpts from the call:

NAM’s Timmons on the Importance to Manufacturing Workers That Sens. McCain and Flake Vote for Tax Reform:

“Tax reform is the manufacturing issue of our generation, and so I want to be very direct. There really is no better, no bigger, no bolder way to support manufacturing and manufacturing workers in Arizona and across America than for senators to cast a vote for this important bill. We are encouraged by Senators McCain and Flake’s pivotal vote yesterday to proceed with debate on the bill. Our message as we move forward throughout the day is stand up for manufacturers, because manufacturers will stand up for you, and we will stand up for this country. We want America to remain the best place to invest, to create jobs, to do business and to raise wages.”

AZ Chamber’s Hamer on the Importance to Manufacturing Workers That Sens. McCain and Flake Vote for Tax Reform:

“Manufacturers in Arizona want to get this done, and we’re very encouraged that both of our Senators McCain and Flake voted for this to move forward yesterday, but it’s important to get a ‘yes’ vote on the final package. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Since the last time the federal tax code was reformed, the rest of the industrialized world has made their codes more competitive, and right now, we are left with the worst and highest tax rate in the entire industrialized world. We are 35 out of 35—that is simply unacceptable. This is a critical vote for manufacturers in Arizona and for manufacturers in the United States. This is a vote to determine whether the United States will remain a competitive place to do business.” 

Following the call, Sen. McCain announced his intent to vote in favor of final passage. For the full audio from today’s press call, please click here.


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 www.nam.org..

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