• The month of August has traditionally been a time when members of Congress work in their home districts. With key legislative items such as health care reform, tax reform and infrastructure still unfinished, there is much for Congress to get done when they return to Washington in the fall. The August Recess provides the perfect opportunity for manufacturers, like you, to get the attention of members of Congress while they’re home listening to constituents. An opportunity we can’t afford to let slip by.

    August Focus

    Tax Reform and Manufacturing Town Halls

    This August, the NAM is making it clear that comprehensive business tax reform is critical for America's manufacturing workers. Many manufacturers across the country are hosting their members of Congress. If your facility is one that is planning on welcoming their members of Congress, the NAM encourages you to open your event to other manufacturers in your area to create a Manufacturing Town Hall.

    In this time of political division, a Manufacturing Town Hall event cuts through the noise and rancor to show that the manufacturing community is united in advancing policies that will lift everyone up and leave no one behind. The NAM is available to assist you in hosting a Manufacturing Town Hall.

    If you have not yet reached out to your members of Congress, it’s not too late and there is still time to do so.


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    How Will You Take Action?

    Below are easy ways you and your team can engage with your members of Congress while they’re back home, as well as a short overview of important manufacturing issues to discuss during your meetings.


    Click here to call your member of Congress and ask to schedule a meeting in their district office to discuss top priorities in person. Please let us know when a district meeting has been scheduled so we can provide you with briefing documents and other helpful information. If you know your members of Congress personally, please let the NAM know by joining our Key Contact program. Click here for tips on having a productive meeting with your members of Congress.


    Plant tours and visits are great ways for lawmakers to meet you and your employees, hear manufacturing success stories and see firsthand how their votes impact your business. Use the NAM’s Plant Tour Guide to plan your visit. We can help prepare you with talking points and updates on key manufacturing issues so you can use the opportunity to discuss what manufacturers expect from Washington. If you are interested in hosting members of Congress at your facility throughout the year, please let the NAM know by clicking here.


    Invite Your Member of Congress


    When hosting a member of Congress at your manufacturing facility you can demonstrate leadership in your community by inviting other local manufacturers to join the discussion. The NAM can help reach out to others in your area so you can help demonstrate the strength of the manufacturing community by engaging your peers to join you in calling for policies and regulations that will make manufacturing strong. If you invite your member of Congress, the NAM will help support your event by inviting nearby NAM members.

    Emails and phone calls to member offices are effective in letting members of Congress know how his or her district feels about an issue. Each contact with the office is logged and taken into consideration when a vote on that particular issue takes place. Ensure that your member of Congress knows exactly where you and your employees stand by having a “Day of Action” where employees are encouraged to voice their concerns on manufacturing issues. The NAM’s Manufacturing Works online advocacy center provides a quick and easy way for employees to contact Congress.

    There are over 12 million manufacturing workers in the U.S., and when issues arise in Congress that affect the manufacturing industry these hardworking men and women have the ability to join voices and make sure Washington hears what they have to say. Help us make the Friends of Manufacturing network even strong by encouraging your employees, colleagues, friends and family to join the fight for smart government policies that lead economic development and job growth. Click here to become a Friend of Manufacturing today.


    If you have any questions or need any help in coordinating any of the above activities, please contact Christopher Glen, the NAM’s Director of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy at cglen@nam.org or (202) 637-3121.

  • Comprehensive Business Tax Reform: Manufacturers in the U.S. struggle to compete under an outdated tax system with high rates, an anti-competitive system for taxing international income and significant compliance burdens. What manufacturers need is a tax code that lowers tax rates for all businesses, provides a strong, permanent R&D incentive and robust capital cost recovery rules and moves towards a modern, territorial international tax system that will promote U.S. economic growth and job creation.

    Ask your members of Congress to move forward and enact pro-growth, pro-competitiveness tax reform. Click here to access the NAM’s Issue Brief on Comprehensive Business Tax Reform.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Chris Netram – Vice President, Tax and Domestic Economic Policy
    (202) 637-3077


  • Needed Investments in Infrastructure: Manufacturers need an updated and modern infrastructure system to remain competitive in a global economy. If ports are clogged, trucks are delayed, power is down or the internet has a lapse, manufacturing productivity is impacted. Transportation logistics matter, and congestion—whether at a port or on a crowded highway—drives the consumer’s cost up like a hidden tax.

    Ask your members of Congress to support critical investments in our nation’s transportation, energy, water, and broadband infrastructure today.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Catie Kawchak – Director, Infrastructure, Innovation and HR Policy
    (202) 637-3176


  • Full ACA Repeal: The Senate should not give up its effort to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The manufacturing industry has a history of leading the business community in providing health benefits to employees. For that tradition to continue, the Senate must support manufacturing and work to repeal the costly mandates, taxes and other paperwork burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Manufacturers urge the Senate to keep working to pass legislation that provides immediate relief by eliminating taxes and fees such as the 40 percent excise tax on high cost plans (Cadillac tax), the health insurance tax, the medical device tax and the pharmaceutical tax.

    Ask your Senator to vote to repeal of a number of taxes and mandates resulting from the ACA.

    Health Insurance Tax Repeal: The Health Insurance Tax raises the cost of healthcare and provides an additional burden for employers who are also struggling to manage the overwhelming healthcare mandates and paperwork demands required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) This tax must go and Congress must find a way to eliminate its burden on small businesses and retirees.

    Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 246, legislation to repeal the Health Insurance Tax.

    Ask your Senator to protect small businesses and retirees from additional premium increases and ensure the health insurance tax is suspended for 2018.

    Medical Device Tax: The 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers threatens to hinder growth and innovation. A two-year moratorium on the tax runs out at the end of 2017, making full repeal of this tax critical to manufacturers of medical devices. The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 184) will do just that and provide medical device manufacturers the certainty needed to invest in jobs and new technologies.

    Ask your members of Congress to support full repeal of the medical device tax to ensure this tax does not burden manufacturers in 2018.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Robyn Boerstling – Vice President, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
    (202) 637-3178


  • Regulatory Reform Legislation: Manufacturers spend about $20,000 per employee per year on regulatory compliance. For small firms, that number increases to $34,700 per employee. Manufacturers face 297,696 restrictions on their operations from federal regulations. Without reform of our regulatory system, these burdens will continue to grow.  

    Ask your members of Congress to support the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R. 33 & S. 584), legislation to ensure that federal agencies consider the impact of their rules on small businesses, and the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5 & S. 951), legislation that would require all agencies to improve public participation, conduct analysis of proposed rules and adopt the most cost-effective regulatory proposal.

  • Workforce Development Legislation: Employers across the country are reporting moderate to serious shortages of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled positions. Perkins reauthorization will help our nation’s students acquire the skills needs to be successful in today’s work environment.

    Ask your Senators to act on “Perkins Reauthorization” legislation overwhelmingly passed by the House earlier this year.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Robyn Boerstling – Vice President, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
    (202) 637-3178


  • NAFTA: For manufacturers throughout the United States, the North American commercial market is the most important market in the world, with exports to Canada and Mexico supporting the jobs of more than two million U.S. manufacturing workers. Manufacturers are pressing for the negotiation of a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that grows manufacturing, exports and jobs by eliminating barriers, raising standards, removing unnecessary red tape, and improving trade and investment enforcement tools to ensure that our trading partners are held to their commitments. Click here to access the NAM’s Issue Brief on NAFTA.

    Ask your members of Congress to support the negotiation of a modernized NAFTA that reflects manufacturing priorities and is consistent with Trade Promotion Authority objectives.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Ken Monahan – Director, International Trade Policy
    (202) 637-3078

    Export-Import Bank: Exporting manufacturers need a fully functioning Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to remain competitive in a global economy. As other countries’ export credit agencies have continued to support local industry, the U.S. Ex-Im Bank has not been fully functional since 2015, requiring board member nominations to become fully functional. Unfortunately, the administration’s nominee to lead the Bank, former Congressman Scott Garrett, has a record of seeking to destroy it while serving in Congress.

    Ask your Senators to both oppose Garrett’s nomination and urge the White House to withdraw his nomination entirely as Garrett’s nomination is a bad deal for American manufacturers and workers.

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Lauren Wilk – Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    (202) 637-3141

    Trade with Cuba: Only 90 miles from the U.S. sit 11 million potential new customers for American manufacturers. Opening the Cuban market represents a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. to both strengthen manufacturing in America and to promote U.S. values of free enterprise and individual liberty to the Cuban people.

    Ask your members of Congress to support legislation that normalizes trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba (H.R. 442, the Cuba Trade Act).

    For more information please contact the below NAM policy expert:
    Lauren Wilk – Director, Trade Facilitation Policy
    (202) 637-3141