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Successful Indo-Pacific Framework Critical for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. – Following the Biden administration’s announcement on the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of International Economic Affairs Ken Monahan released the following statement:

“NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons pressed the administration on critical components to the IPEF earlier this year, and manufacturers are encouraged that the framework will address key manufacturing priorities we have outlined in areas such as digital economy, resilient supply chains and transparency and good governance. These priorities are essential for manufacturing businesses and workers for a region that represents more than two-fifths of total U.S. manufacturing trade and is a market for U.S. exports that support nearly 2 million American jobs.

“As discussions continue, we’re looking for U.S. leaders to support manufacturing jobs by taking an approach that opens markets, strengthens U.S. innovation and technology leadership, raises global standards and establishes best-in-class trade rules.”

Background: NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons stressed in a February letter to senior administration officials that high-standards trade with the Indo-Pacific is critical to manufacturers’ success and global competitiveness. Additionally, the NAM submitted  comments on the IPEF in April to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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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 12.7 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers: Lawmakers Must Prioritize Provisions That Will Streamline Essential Domestic Supply Chains and the Production of Key Inputs

Washington, D.C. – Following today’s Senate–House conference committee meeting on the China competition legislation, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“Manufacturers are encouraged by efforts in Congress to reach a strong, bipartisan agreement that strengthens domestic manufacturing, increases our global competitiveness and provides new opportunities for the more than 12 million people who make things in America. The first meeting of the conference committee to finalize legislation reconciling the United States Innovation and Competition Act and the America COMPETES Act is an important step toward overcoming ongoing supply chain disruptions, countering inflation and supporting U.S. manufacturing in the face of major global competitors, namely China.

“Lawmakers must prioritize provisions that will streamline essential domestic supply chains and the production of key inputs, such as an investment of $52 billion to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing, the creation of a fund to strengthen supply chain resiliency and inclusion of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Manufacturers also support policies to advance and grow U.S. international trade and provisions that strengthen U.S. energy innovation leadership. The conference committee should also avoid labor provisions that would harm American manufacturers and workers alike as we look to fill more than 800,000 jobs in the sector.”

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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 12.7 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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NAM Joins Groups in Applauding Kigali Amendment Progress

Washington, D.C. – In response to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the Kigali Amendment, the National Association of Manufacturers, Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, American Chemistry Council, The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement:

“The business community applauds the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its bipartisan vote approving the Kigali Amendment for consideration by the full Senate. This is an important step in ensuring the U.S. joins this global effort while accessing international markets that will grow American jobs. It is a win for the economy, the environment, and U.S. leadership.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers Are Solution For Healthier Environment

Not every societal problem demands a state attorney general investigation

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers Chief Legal Officer Linda Kelly issued the following statement in response to California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s announcement of an investigation into fossil fuel and petrochemical industries:

“Not every societal problem demands a state attorney general investigation or adversarial legal process. In fact, anyone who understands the manufacturing sector would know that we are the solution here. Manufacturers are pioneering the technologies, processes and products, including advanced recycling, that are needed to protect our environment, improve sustainability and move toward a circular economy.

“Plastics play a vital role in modern life and improving quality of life. Solutions to waste issues require collaboration with government, consumers and manufacturers. Manufacturers are ready to be collaborative partners with anyone who shares our commitment to a healthier environment.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers: USTR Report Signals Importance of Concrete Action to Protecting Manufacturing Innovation

Washington, D.C. – Following U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s release of the agency’s annual Special 301 report on global intellectual property protection, National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of International Economic Affairs Ken Monahan released the following statement:

“Innovation and intellectual property are the lifeblood for manufacturers in the United States, supporting manufacturing businesses and a skilled workforce here at home, creating economic opportunity for Americans of all backgrounds and empowering American leadership around the world. That manufacturing innovation is also a constant target for foreign governments and businesses that want to steal or undermine critical IP protections and rules to boost their own economies at our expense.

“USTR’s latest Special 301 report clearly illustrates many of the biggest IP barriers—and bad actors—that the NAM highlighted in our January 2022 submission to USTR as risks to as risks to our manufacturing businesses and workers. This report is an important step toward concrete action. We urge USTR and other agencies to stand up for innovative manufacturers by knocking down these barriers and by pushing back against those who would weaken critical IP protections around the world.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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New NEPA Rule Misses Larger Point

We Need to Be Focused on a Clear Permitting Strategy

Washington, D.C. – Following today’s National Environmental Policy Act permitting announcement, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“During this time of alarming global turmoil, we must do everything in our power to protect our energy security and increase domestic manufacturing—not only to maintain economic growth and deliver relief to American families but also to ensure we can continue leading the world in supporting the people of Ukraine. Today’s NEPA permitting announcement misses the larger point that we need to be pursuing a clear strategy to harness every possible source of energy here in the United States. Even though the administration kept many of the reforms the NAM had fought for, this does not provide the predictability and streamlined permitting we need. And if the next step in this process is derailed by unrealistic agendas, then America will feel the pain of a weaker economy, diminished national security and slower implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

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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 12.6 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers: America Deserves Long-Term Energy Security

Washington, D.C. – Following President Joe Biden’s order to release 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and to secure American production of critical materials, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“Manufacturers are encouraged to see President Biden’s continued focus on taming inflation and addressing the energy concerns stoked by Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine and supply chain disruptions around the world.

“Manufacturers strongly support President Biden’s actions to secure American production of critical minerals and materials. This has the potential to be a game-changer, not only for developing clean energy but also for other uses that will help to address the supply chain challenges precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and further compounded by the war in Ukraine. Yesterday, I also met with Commerce Secretary Raimondo, Australian Trade Minister Tehan and leading manufacturers to discuss strategies for supporting critical mineral supply chains. Manufacturers know there is not a quick solution, and we need more of this type of bold, collaborative, long-term leadership to strengthen our energy security.

“The release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve may provide relief at a time when manufacturers and American families are all coping with higher energy prices, but this is only a very temporary fix. It doesn’t deliver the long-term energy security that America deserves—the confidence that comes from producing more energy from all sources here in the United States.

“Manufacturers are pleased to hear the President call for increasing domestic oil and gas production and are counting on him to follow through on his support. However, the ‘use it or lose it’ provision may sound catchy and even be well-intentioned, but it fundamentally misunderstands the way that energy exploration, extraction and production works in reality. It would instead undermine our ability to produce American energy.

“We remain committed to working with the administration and leaders in both parties to help lead America through these ongoing crises—and deliver for the American people.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.57 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers: Climate Disclosures Must Be Tailored and Targeted

Washington, D.C. – Following the release of a proposed rule by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on climate disclosures, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“Manufacturers support key disclosures related to publicly traded companies’ climate strategies, as this information can help shareholders make informed decisions. However, broad, sweeping disclosures could be counterproductive—requiring manufacturers to waste time and resources reporting irrelevant information that will not be decision-useful for shareholders. The SEC should focus on requiring disclosure of material information, and the NAM looks forward to working with the SEC to ensure that its proposed climate reporting rule enables smart, company-specific disclosures that are tailored and targeted.

“Manufacturers are proudly leading on climate solutions. After all, it is manufacturers that make the products and technologies needed to face this generational challenge—clean energy, carbon capture, batteries, microgrids, advanced vehicles and more. And through our policy proposal, “The Promise Ahead,” the NAM has offered lawmakers a guide for achieving climate solutions alongside economic growth. Especially at this time of global turbulence and supply chain disruptions, our actions must allow for an all-of-the-above approach to safeguarding America’s energy security.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.57 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 58% 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.

 

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Supply Chain, Rising Raw Material Costs and Workforce Shortages Top Concerns for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers released its Q1 2022 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which shows manufacturers’ significant concerns around inflation, hiring and potential tax increases. The NAM conducted the survey Feb. 11–25, 2022.

Key Findings:

  • 88.1% of respondents cited supply chain challenges as a primary business challenge in the first quarter, 85.7% cited increased raw material costs, and 79.0% cited the inability to attract and retain a quality workforce.
  • 88.6% of respondents said their company would find it more difficult to expand their workforce, invest in new equipment or expand facilities if the tax burden on income from manufacturing activities increased.
  • 89.4% had unfilled positions within their companies for which they were struggling to find qualified applicants.

“The humanitarian crisis and economic disruptions of Russia’s war on Ukraine, as well as the resulting sanctions that manufacturers fully support, will exacerbate these supply chain challenges and could impact energy costs even more as we move into the second quarter. We’re looking to policymakers to take bold action, while manufacturers do everything in our power to help the nation and world persevere through another crisis,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

“Federal leaders should give energy manufacturers the tools to ramp up production here at home and improve our energy security. At the same time, we need Congress to finish the China competition bill to increase domestic semiconductor production and bolster supply chains, among other manufacturing priorities. Any discussion of raising taxes on manufacturers will create uncertainty and make it difficult to invest, hire and expand, hurting the broader economy.

“Although job growth last year rose at the best pace since 1994, and wage growth is now at a 40-year high, the survey shows workforce shortages are still a major challenge. That’s why the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute continue leading our industry-wide Creators Wanted campaign—to inspire, educate and empower the manufacturing workforce of today and tomorrow.”

While manufacturers remain mostly optimistic in their economic outlook (88.8%, up from 86.8% in Q4), the survey was conducted prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.57 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 58% 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.

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Manufacturers Urge Caution on EPA “Good Neighbor” Plan

NAM: While the intent of this proposal is right and one that we share, it could have significant effects on American families

Washington, D.C. – Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of its “Good Neighbor” Plan to expand regulation of interstate transport of air emissions that affect downwind states’ ability to attain and maintain National Ambient Air Quality Standards, National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse released the following statement:

“Manufacturers are committed to clean air and healthy communities. We have taken the initiative to operate in cleaner, more sustainable ways, and we are proud of our record. Our ‘Promise Ahead’ proposal offers numerous ideas on how we can continue to improve our environment and address climate change.

“While the intent of this proposal is right and one that we share, it could have significant effects on American families if not thoughtfully implemented. At a time when our supply chains are snarled, inflation is skyrocketing and Russia’s war on Ukraine continues, we must be careful with regulations that could further raise prices on all Americans, slow economic growth and threaten jobs.

“We will work with the EPA to ensure these new rules can achieve shared goals in a constructive way that will not have unintended consequences and ripple effects throughout our economy and communities. We look forward to sharing our innovation, technology and supply chain expertise to do so.”

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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 12.5 million men and women, contributes $2.57 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 58% 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.

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