Following the swift and loud condemnations—from across the country—after a violent mob stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, President Trump took to social media last night for a course correction and issued a concession speech, according to The Associated Press.
- “In a new video message Thursday, Trump says that now that Congress has certified the results, the ‘new administration will be inaugurated on January 20’ and his ‘focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.’”
- “He also spoke out against the violence, calling it a ‘heinous attack’ that left him ‘outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.’”
The toll: A Capitol police officer became the fifth fatality of the attack. The officer died from injuries sustained when an extremist hit him with a fire extinguisher during the riots, according to NPR.
The business response: Many manufacturing CEOs continue to sound the alarm about the risks to the nation’s stability and security created by Wednesday’s attack:
- NAM Board Chair and Trane Technologies Chairman and CEO Mike Lamach called for unity, stability and a peaceful transfer of power in a statement yesterday: “It’s essential to the men and women of the manufacturing community that we uphold and preserve the strength of our democracy. As leaders, we believe it’s time to move past divisiveness and accelerate economic recovery, job creation and the health and well-being of all people as we move forward as a nation.”
- “We condemn the disturbing and horrifying storming of the U.S. Capitol,” said Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO Jim Loree. “With President-elect Joe Biden rightfully certified as the 46th POTUS, we call on all Americans to persevere and move forward with a peaceful transition of power.”
- “We applaud all those who stood strong to thwart an appalling insurrection bent on blocking the peaceful transfer of power following a free and fair election,” said AT&T CEO John Stankey.
- “The vote of the people and the peaceful transition of government are core to our democracy . . . we encourage [elected officials] to work with President-elect Biden to unify our nation,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun.
- “The middle, the saner part of America and the world’s got to step up and say: Enough,” said Dave Petratis, CEO of security products manufacturer Allegion PLC, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription). Petratis also said that he supported the NAM’s statement in response to the attack.
In addition, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board took the rare step of calling for the president to resign from office:
- “This was an assault on the constitutional process of transferring power after an election. It was also an assault on the legislature from an executive sworn to uphold the laws of the United States.… In our view, it crosses a constitutional line that Mr. Trump hasn’t previously crossed.”
The political response: National leaders are focusing on safeguarding the nation’s key institutions during the last 12 days of the administration.
- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have begun circulating articles of impeachment, according to USA Today.
- Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois—a military veteran—became the leading House Republican to voice his support for removing the president from office.
An exodus begins: Key leaders in the Trump administration have resigned, according to The New York Times (subscription), including Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland (and former White House Chief of Staff) Mick Mulvaney.
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the midterm elections, the National Association of Manufacturers released its policy roadmap, “Competing to Win,” a comprehensive blueprint featuring immediate solutions for bolstering manufacturers’ competitiveness. It is also a roadmap for policymakers on the laws and regulations needed to strengthen the manufacturing industry in the months and years ahead.
With the country facing rising prices, snarled supply chains and geopolitical turmoil, manufacturers are outlining an actionable competitiveness agenda that Americans across the political spectrum can support. “Competing to Win” includes the policies manufacturers in America will need in place to continue driving the country forward.
“‘Competing to Win’ offers a path for bringing our country together around policies, shared values and a unified purpose,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The NAM is putting forward a plan filled with ideas that policymakers could pursue immediately, including solutions to urgent problems, such as energy security, immigration reform, supply chain disruptions, the ongoing workforce shortage and more. Manufacturers have shown incredible resilience through difficult times, employing more workers now than before the pandemic, but continued resilience is not guaranteed without the policies that are critical to the state of manufacturing in America.”
The NAM and its members will leverage “Competing to Win” to shape policy debates ahead of the midterm elections, in the remainder of the 117th Congress and at the start of the 118th Congress—including in direct engagement with lawmakers, for grassroots activity, across traditional and digital media and through events in key states and districts as we did following the initial rollout of the roadmap in 2016.
The document focuses on 12 areas of action, and all policies are rooted in the values that have made America exceptional and keep manufacturing strong: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.
Learn more about how manufacturers are leading and about the industry’s competitiveness agenda at nam.org/competing-to-win.
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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.77 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