Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act with strong bipartisan support.
“This overwhelmingly bipartisan bill sends a clear and strong message that horrific violence against the AAPI community or any other race- or identity-based violence is incompatible with American values. Manufacturers will not stand by while hateful factions promote racism and intolerance in our communities, and this bill will help us more fully understand the problem so that all of us can take action.
“Manufacturers stand against all forms of hate and believe in a society and a workforce that has a place for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, economic status or other background. No American should be targeted based on who they are, and everyone should be encouraged to be their authentic selves every day.
“We owe it to ourselves to stay constructively uncomfortable and to have tough conversations about the role racism and discrimination plays in our society. As we work to build the future, manufacturers are committed to building an inclusive America whose strength comes from our diversity.”
The National Association of Manufacturers 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 12.3 million men and women, contributes $2.32 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 63% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.