Washington, D.C. – Following consideration today of a permitting amendment in the U.S. Senate, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:
“Red tape and permitting delays have plagued the manufacturing industry for decades, and the need for reform has only grown more urgent in recent years. Manufacturers have long called for Congress to repair the broken permitting process to minimize delays and reduce needless litigation that stands in the way of energy and resources projects and other investments. That will ensure we can get to work quickly on the investments that the bipartisan infrastructure law and the CHIPS and Science Act make possible. It will also ensure manufacturers have access to reliable and affordable energy while the grid evolves and as we work to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.
“Ultimately, permitting reform effects every part of the American supply chain—from modernizing energy projects to building new manufacturing facilities. Today’s Senate vote, while unsuccessful, should serve as a step toward true bipartisan reform. Manufacturers appreciate the efforts of Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito to push this priority forward, and we will continue to work with both chambers to achieve this goal.”
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 12.9 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% 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.