What Manufacturers Want on Trade Policy
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Manufacturers of all sizes must be able to compete in a global economy—and that means selling not just to consumers in the U.S., but also to the billions of consumers who live around the world. That’s why the NAM is standing up for a robust U.S. trade policy that advances strong rules and partnerships that promote open markets, improve competitiveness, increase business predictability and boost manufacturers’ ability to reach new customers abroad.
Our priorities: The NAM is interested in a U.S. trade agenda that supports open global markets so that manufacturers can benefit globally from the same principles that we value at home: nondiscrimination, fairness, equal opportunity and competition.
- It is also focused on pushing back against foreign practices that harm manufacturers and their employees in the U.S. and holding countries like China accountable. Ultimately, the NAM is committed to improving U.S. global competitiveness, supporting innovation, growing the economy and strengthening the industrial base.
Our solutions: To accomplish these goals, the NAM has offered a series of solutions for national policymakers and other leaders, including:
- Implementing the CHIPS and Science Act and pursuing additional legislation to strengthen supply chains and support a STEM workforce;
- Negotiating cutting-edge trade agreements and enforcing existing trade rules;
- Comprehensively enforcing existing U.S. trade agreements, including full implementation of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement;
- Standing firm in support of strong global intellectual property protections;
- Accelerating efforts toward a clear, comprehensive U.S.–China strategy that promotes fairness, accountability, enforcement and business certainty;
- Reforming international trade rules and institutions, such as the World Trade Organization;
- Bolstering U.S. export promotion and financing tools and reforming export control policies;
- Modernizing customs operations to cut red tape; and
- Updating the U.S. tariff code, including through enactment of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
What we’re saying: “Manufacturers believe that strong U.S. global economic leadership and engagement with our allies—including by forging strong, enforceable U.S. trade agreements—are critical to tackling shared global challenges, expanding export opportunities, diversifying sources for trade, ensuring supply chain resiliency and promoting American values,” said NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Ken Monahan.
- “Without such trade deals, manufacturers in the U.S. risk being left behind our global competitors, many of whom are actively negotiating new agreements that exclude us. The time is now for the U.S. to get back in the game.”
Learn more: Find out more about the NAM’s priorities around trade in “Competing to Win”—a blueprint for policies that support manufacturing in America.
Manufacturers Unveil Competitiveness Agenda Ahead of Midterm Elections
“Competing to Win” offers a path for bringing the country together around policies, shared values and a unified purpose
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