Capital Briefing: June 26, 2015

Capital Briefing

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Details: Martha Sprague, (202) 637-3083.

This Week in Washington

TPA Clears Final Hurdle.
Manufacturers’ relentless pressure on the House and Senate to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) finally paid off on June 24 when the Senate convincingly cleared TPA by a vote of 60–38. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

“Manufacturers in the United States—and all Americans—scored a decisive win today,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and NAM Vice Chair of International Economic Affairs Policy and Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr in a joint statement immediately following the vote.

With aggressive Hill advocacy and member outreach and engagement as well as multifaceted efforts to galvanize public support, the NAM and our manufacturing army overcame the fierce protectionist and political opposition and delivered a resounding win for U.S. global competitiveness. Earlier this week, Timmons took to the airwaves to bolster the case for TPA on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Having led the campaign for TPA for more than a year and a half, the NAM is thankful to our many members who have been at the forefront in pushing this legislation forward—and never backing down. We encourage you to join us in commending the House and Senate members who voted to support U.S. leadership and manufacturing growth through TPA.

Looking ahead, the NAM is already hard at work to ensure that the outcomes of ongoing trade negotiations, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), open markets and set strong and enforceable rules that will promote greater economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.

Details: Linda Dempsey, (202) 637-3144 and Ken Monahan, (202) 637-3078.

Hot Topic

Landmark Bill Approved in Landslide.
The House took a bold step on updating antiquated chemical regulations this week, approving H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, on June 23, by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 398–1.

Hundreds of our members urged lawmakers to advance this legislative priority during our 2015 Manufacturing Summit earlier this month, and the NAM sent a Key Vote letter in support of the bill prior to the vote.

“It is past time for TSCA reform, and this House vote is an example that compromise is still possible from our leaders in Congress,” said NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg in a press statement immediately following the vote.

The Senate is moving similar reform legislation. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), with 20 Democrat and 21 Republican cosponsors, continues to gain momentum, and manufacturers will work to ensure its passage.

Details: Rachel Jones, (202) 637-3175.

Energy and Resources Policy

An NAM panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting last weekend raised awareness about the impact of federal regulations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone regulation, on local economies and jobs.

Left to right: NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg; Little Rock, Ark. Mayor Mark Stodola; Fresno, Calif. Mayor Ashley Swearengin; Alexandria, La. Mayor Jacques Roy; and Mesa, Ariz. Mayor John Giles.

Photo by David Butow

Manufacturers to President: Listen to Our Mayors on Ozone.
The NAM’s ozone advocacy campaign continues to bring together stakeholders from nearly every industry and every state across the country to highlight the devastating impact of the EPA’s ozone proposal on local economic development and jobs.

Most recently, the NAM spearheaded an effort by more than 100 associations and business groups to urge President Obama to listen to the nation’s mayors and retain the current standard for ground-level ozone. The groups reached out to the President the same day that he spoke at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, Calif.

The NAM also hosted a panel of mayors at that event discussing the challenge of balancing growing environmental regulations, such as the proposed ozone rule, and economic growth. The Hill, National Review and Politico Pro (subscription required) are among the media outlets citing the NAM’s leadership on this issue this week.

Join our robust social media campaign on Twitter at #NoGrowZone, and visit our website for more information.

Take action now to tell your governor, mayor, representative and senators about the detrimental consequences of a stricter ozone standard.

Details: Ross Eisenberg, (202) 637-3173 and Greg Bertelsen, (202) 637-3174.

House Votes to Provide Balance and Certainty to GHG Rules.
On June 23, in an important step toward providing much needed regulatory balance and certainty for state governments and manufacturers, the House passed the bipartisan Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) by a vote of 247–180. The NAM key-voted in support of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

Manufacturers are leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but need balanced regulations that allow for innovation and access to affordable and reliable energy. The EPA’s GHG regulation for existing power plants could lead to considerable uncertainty that will delay investments and slow growth. It also threatens to increase the costs and decrease the reliability of grid electricity.

Since early 2014, the NAM and the NAM-led coalition, the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), have championed the charge in Washington and throughout the country in encouraging lawmakers to consider a more balanced approach to these policies. Last week, the PBEF and its 177 members called on all House members to support H.R. 2042.

Manufacturers now look to the Senate for leadership and action.

Details: Ross Eisenberg, (202) 637-3173 and Greg Bertelsen, (202) 637-3174.

Infrastructure, Legal and Regulatory Policy

Highway Bill Launches.
Flanked by key infrastructure supporters, including NAM member Bret Lieberman of CNH Industrial, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee leaders this week launched a six-year bipartisan surface transportation authorization proposal, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (S. 1647).

The $278 billion highway measure passed unanimously out of the EPW Committee on June 24. While the Senate Finance Committee has not yet identified the funding needed to support this legislation, the EPW Committee took a critical stride to begin advancing a well-funded, multiyear transportation bill as the current July 31 extension deadline looms.

Manufacturers will continue to press for this critical funding. Read more on our Shopfloor blog.

Details: Robyn Boerstling, (202) 637-3178.

Manufacturing in Action

Manufacturing leaders joined NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons at our NAM Executive Insights forum in New York City on June 22 for a discussion on U.S. competitiveness, the state of manufacturing in the United States and the importance of engaging federal candidates and elected officials on solutions for trade, tax, regulatory, infrastructure, technology and labor challenges.

Left to right: Fluor Corporation Chairman and CEO David Seaton; ACE Clearwater Enterprises President and CEO Kellie Johnson; General Electric Company Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt; NAM Board Vice Chair and Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Chairman and CEO John Lundgren; and Timmons.

Photo by David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers

Get Involved

MFGWorks App Now Available for Android.
Android users can now take advantage of the MFGWorks app. The NAM developed this free app for smartphones and tablets to give employees, families and friends the power to take action in support of manufacturing while they are on the go. A version is also available for Apple devices. Download the MFGWorks app and share it with your colleagues, family and friends. We are all part of a growing manufacturing economy, and we need your help to keep positive momentum on Capitol Hill.

Details: Leann Paradise, (202) 637-3049.

NAM in the News

Congress: Give Manufacturers a Fair Shot on Exports.
CNBC ran commentary on June 24 by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons calling on Congress to reauthorize the charter for the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank before it expires on June 30. “The choice is quite simple,” wrote Timmons. “. . . either Congress lets the Ex-Im Bank lapse and forces manufacturers to forfeit opportunities, or Congress reauthorizes the agency and helps manufacturers in the United States remain competitive overseas.”

Details: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 637-3090.

The Week Ahead

The Senate and House will be on recess until July 7.

Economic Reports:
We will continue to look for rebounds in manufacturing activity in a number of indicators next week, including the new Dallas Federal Reserve survey on Monday, the latest Institute for Supply Management Purchasing Managers’ Index report on Wednesday and factory orders on Thursday. The other big headline will be June jobs numbers, which will be released on a rare Thursday instead of Friday (due to the upcoming Independence Day holiday). New figures on consumer confidence and construction spending are other economic highlights to watch next week.

Details: Chad Moutray, (202) 637-3148

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