Competing to Win

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Building On The Promise Of Tax Reform

Manufacturers asked, and Congress delivered with the passage of tax reform. As a result, manufacturers have been paying forward the benefits. With a commitment to federal policies that build on those advances rather than roll them back, the industry will continue leading our workers, communities and country toward prosperity.

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Supporting Manufacturing Jobs and Growth; Removing Uncertainty and Unfair Barriers

Manufacturers of all sizes compete in a global economy, selling to U.S. customers and to the billions of consumers around the world. Pursuing policies that improve manufacturers’ competitiveness and ability to reach new customers abroad will allow manufacturers in the United States to compete—and win—in the global market.

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Strengthening Manufacturing by Capitalizing on U.S. Energy Leadership

Manufacturers utilize and benefit from all forms of energy, while making smart investments to become more energy efficient and protect the environment. Manufacturers will continue finding innovative ways to harness U.S. energy, and the right federal policies can allow us to continue leading the world for years to come.

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Creating a Cleaner, Safer and More Prosperous Economy

In the eyes of America’s manufacturers, the need to act on climate is no longer up for debate. Everyone wants clean water and clean air. Everyone wants a good job and a strong economy. With federal policies that balance these goals, manufacturers can help us achieve both.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Catching Up and Building for Tomorrow

The structures that support the movement of free enterprise and families are frail and failing. The infrastructure status quo is broken. That’s why manufacturers are asking policymakers to follow our example and seize this opportunity to strengthen the foundations that make our work and daily lives possible: our nation’s infrastructure.

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Labor and Employment

Adapting Policies for a 21st-Century Workforce

It’s time to modernize labor and employment laws and regulations to fit the needs of today’s manufacturing workforce. The manufacturing shop floor has changed. Meanwhile, manufacturers in the United States face government-imposed challenges that are not faced equally by many of our global competitors.

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Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Once and for All

America is a nation of immigrants—and a nation with a broken immigration system. Manufacturers believe that now is the time to enact comprehensive immigration reform and pursue A Way Forward that balances compassion and security to create a stronger country and a stronger economy.

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Health Care

Keeping Americans Healthy and Productive; Unleashing Innovation

Manufacturers of all sizes cite rising health care expenses as one of their top business concerns, and they need certainty to negotiate affordable, best-in-class health plans. Policymakers should allow free enterprise principles to guide health care policy decisions to encourage and protect the health care cures and solutions of tomorrow.

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Corporate Governance

Supporting Capital Formation and Protecting Investors

Manufacturers depend on public markets to finance business growth, job creation and economic expansion, and workers rely on the success of publicly traded companies for their savings and retirement. As such, policymakers should rein in unregulated third parties, enable manufacturers to engage effectively with their shareholders and protect middle-class investors.


Research, Innovation and Technology

Powering Manufacturing 4.0

Manufacturers have created an innovation engine that has reshaped the world around us. As modern manufacturing in the U.S. races toward the new economic era and pursues technologies to lead new operational advances, federal policies must keep up with the industry’s needs, prioritizing both investment and innovation.

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Regulatory and Legal Reform

Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth

Smart regulation is critical to protecting worker safety, public health and our environment. Overregulation will hold back our country’s economic potential. Reforming the nation’s broken legal and regulatory systems, ensuring regulations achieve their intended goal without unnecessarily harming competitiveness, will help fully unleash our economic engine.

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