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Manufacturers: Let’s Get to Work on Keystone

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Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg released the following statement on the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“We appreciate the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s open and transparent process to ensure the full range of relevant factors were again considered. Strengthening and modernizing our nation’s energy infrastructure is simply the right thing to do—for working families, energy security, job creation and U.S. manufacturing’s future.
 
“Any decision to advance specific projects that will benefit manufacturers—and all Americans—should be driven by facts, not political motivations. That’s why manufacturers, through the NAM, joined this case and advocated strongly for today’s outcome.
 
“Now, let’s get to work to build this thing.”

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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 $2.17 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.

The NAM Shines Light on Plaintiffs’ Attorneys “Reckless Assault” on Manufacturers

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We live in an era of lawsuits based more in emotion than fact. In the manufacturing sector, we see litigation costs continuously rising and often at the expense of a better wage for the American worker. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will shine a light on this concerning trend, beginning with an opinion piece just published in Investor’s Business Daily.

Linda Kelly, NAM senior vice president and general counsel and leader of the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action, describes in Investor’s Business Daily how trial lawyers seek to extort American workers, consumers and shareholders purely for profit. The piece lays out the widespread ramifications that new lawsuits pose to manufacturers in America, including the 12 million men and women that the NAM proudly represents across the United States.

Since 2005, manufacturers in America have reduced carbon emissions by 10 percent, all the while growing the American economy by 19 percent. Despite this clear commitment to the environment and economic prosperity for the American people, trial lawyers have initiated a disingenuous campaign, backed by well-funded activists, to discredit manufacturers and reap financial benefits at the cost of American workers and their families.

“Manufacturers are committed to climate action and are actively crafting solutions to this complex global challenge.”

One lawyer in particular, Michael Pawa, is a repeat player in this arena. In 2008, he unsuccessfully argued that American manufacturers had created a “public nuisance” in an attempt to set precedent for future lucrative endeavors. U.S. courts resoundingly rejected Pawa’s claims, but his politically motivated legal efforts continue today in cities like San Francisco and Oakland.

“Manufacturers are confident the courts will once again dismiss these efforts and see these lawsuits for what they are—legal attacks aimed at punishing an industry they don’t like. But manufacturers continue to be harassed by politically motivated legal officers operating with impunity beyond the reach of the courts.”

As Kelly points out, “every dollar spent defending against meritless attacks is a dollar not spent on innovation and game-changing revolutions that make our world healthier and communities safer,” and American manufacturers can ill afford to sustain unnecessary costs to their businesses and reputations.

All Americans should be wary of this free-for-all targeting by trial lawyers against the lifeblood of our economy, especially given the remarkable achievements that manufacturers have made toward enriching our environment and economic prosperity. The NAM is proud to support its members facing these frivolous lawsuits and will continue to work on behalf of the millions of American workers, consumers and shareholders that bear the brunt of these misguided legal attacks.

NAM Leadership Goes on Tax Reform Roadshow in Key States

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is all in on tax reform. The legislative framework unveiled by the “Big Six” presents a tremendous opportunity for America’s manufacturers to grow, hire new workers and increase wages and benefits. Following robust engagement at the national level, capped by hosting President Donald Trump for a major address on tax reform at our board meeting and joining the president for an Oval Office proclamation signing on National Manufacturing Day, the NAM’s leadership hit the road this week to make the case for tax reform in key manufacturing states. As NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons told National Journal for its Q&A feature this week, “We’re going to make sure manufacturing workers know how important [tax reform] is to their own livelihood back in their districts.”

That effort began in earnest on Tuesday with a forum at the City Club of Chicago, where Timmons and Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President and CEO Greg Baise discussed the importance of passing tax reform with local business leaders. Timmons also traveled to Milwaukee, where he led a panel focused on tax reform with local business leaders and gave an interview to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“… [T]he tax code desperately needs an overhaul, Timmons said in an interview. ‘I am really optimistic about getting tax reform yet this year. There’s a focus in Washington like I have not seen on any issue for many, many years,’ he said. It’s been more than 30 years since the last major tax code overhaul, according to Timmons … Reforms of taxes and regulations, and infrastructure investments, are the trade group’s top priorities, Timmons said. ‘Those all add to the cost of doing business in this country,’ he said. Should Trump’s plans succeed: ‘What I can tell you is what my manufacturers are actually saying and how they are planning,’ Timmons said. ‘They are planning for growth of their own facilities, and they’re planning to hire new workers.’”

Manufacturing leaders, including Timmons and Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association President David Taylor, also rallied around the president’s tax reform address in Harrisburg. As the Allentown Morning Call reported:

“Standing in a Harrisburg airplane hangar before big-rig Volvo trucks and American flags, President Donald Trump touted the Republican plan to overhaul the federal tax code as a proposal that will benefit Pennsylvania truckers and an American economy he sees as strengthening …‘If he can deliver on all or even most of what he’s offering, it is going to be a real shot in the arm for American competitiveness,’ said David Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.”

The NAM finished off the week strong with an address by Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr at the Economic Club of Minnesota, where he put opponents of tax reform on notice. As the Washington Examiner reported:

“Critics such as Farr counter that the current tax rate has resulted in the offshoring of jobs because it is often cheaper for companies to move operations overseas. ‘If you’re an opponent of tax reform, I want you to come to Minnesota or Ohio or Wisconsin and look a manufacturing worker in the eye. Tell her she doesn’t deserve a bigger paycheck. Tell her that her family doesn’t deserve to save for school and retirement. Then, tell an unemployed dad that a worker overseas deserves a job more than he does,’ he said.”

As the effort to reform our outdated tax system moves forward, the NAM and manufacturers across America will continue drive the discussion both at the grassroots level and with leaders in Washington.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons Discusses Tax Reform on CNBC

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Timmons on Tax Reform

TIMMONS: Look, I think that Congress can walk and chew gum at the same time. I think they can move both of these issues down the track, get things done. You have people that are elected to actually improve this country and those two issues are pretty important … They have the ability, they have the capability of doing it. One party controls all branches of government. This is the time, this is the opportunity to do exactly what they need to do on immigration reform, on tax reform, on regulatory reform and also infrastructure.

Timmons on the Corporate Tax Rate

TIMMONS: The president said 15 percent. We have been advocating 15 percent. We also want to make sure that pass-through entities are not left behind, that they have a similar competitive tax rate, territorial system and research and development tax credit and expensing as well.

Timmons on DACA

TIMMONS: … the Dreamers are not the problem. Immigration is absolutely broken in this country. There is no question about that. Congress and previous administrations have missed many opportunities to fix the problem by their inaction. Now is the time to step up and do it.