Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement urging Congress to pass criminal justice reform:
Congress has the historic opportunity to give a second chance to many of our fellow Americans so they can contribute to their families, their communities and our economy. Our nation will be stronger when President Trump signs a criminal justice reform bill into law.
For manufacturers, criminal justice reform is simply the right thing to do. It will improve the fairness of our system, offer redemption for nonviolent offenders and open new doors for Americans looking for the dignity of a job. Today, manufacturers have more than a half a million jobs we need to fill, so we can help these Americans get a new start, just as they can help us grow and succeed here in the United States. We hope Congress will pass the FIRST STEP Act.
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.