Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives today that it will key-vote against House passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019.
At its core, this proposed legislation would threaten and place limits on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, wrote NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that voluntary associations are key participants in public debate and has struck down attempts to curb participation in them. Certain provisions in this legislation would create new reputational risks for companies that wish to join associations and participate in the political process as part of the voice of an industry, rather than as an individual actor. These provisions would have a chilling effect on important and protected speech.
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 $2.25 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.